Exactech is moving its Equinoxe® Stemless Shoulder to a 3D laser printing manufacturing process, with plans to transition all U.S. Stemless Shoulder procedures to its laser-printed devices throughout the rest of the year.
Previously, the Stemless Shoulder was created through 3D printing via electron beam melting (EBM) and originally released in 2018. In the new process, direct metal printing with high precision lasers will create its porous bone cage.
“We have been incredibly pleased with our original EBM Stemless Shoulder implant and the early positive clinical feedback we received from our surgeon customers. The new laser-printed device is built on this solid foundation while also giving us the ability to ramp up production to serve even more patients, which drives us and fulfills our mission,” said Exactech Vice President of Extremities Chris Roche.
“One of my favorite features of the Stemless implant is its bone cage structure that is designed to provide initial press-fit fixation while also allowing for bone-through growth. That intentional design element, along with the porous structure being designed to mimic the trabecular nature of cancellous bone, differentiates it from competitors,” said Stephanie Muh, M.D., an initial user.