Exploring 3D Printing with Titanium: A Q&A with Riccardo Toninato from Enovis

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July 8, 2024 By Jim Hammerand Leave a Comment

Enovis’ LimaCorporate uses its proprietary Trabecular Titanium to 3D-print orthopedic implants like the Delta TT cementless acetabular cup.

Riccardo Toninato led LimaCorporate’s additive manufacturing R&D as additive manufacturing manager and joined Enovis in the same capacity when it purchased LimaCorporate and its portfolio of 3D-printed Trabecular Titanium implants in January 2024.

Medical Design & Outsourcing recently spoke with Toninato about titanium 3D printing to help other device developers use additive manufacturing for new and improved products. The following has been lightly edited for space and clarity.

Enovis Additive Manufacturing Manager Riccardo Toninato [Photo courtesy of Enovis]

3D printing orthopedic implants allows for complex surface geometries like the pores shown here, which encourage osseointegration for improved fixation. [Photo courtesy of Enovis]

Toninato: “We are actually working on a lot. The integration between the two companies is really enhancing the development and we are very excited about that. … The cementless application is the one where the manufacturing can play the biggest part, in my opinion. There is also a rising interest, in my opinion, in custom, specific, and patient-matched implants where additive manufacturing can probably play an important role.”

Toninato: “You need to be a little patient sometime with the technology. Talke [the time] to learn and to study very well in order to provide the best solution. And for that you need to find the right team of people to work with and establish good partnerships and collaboration with research centers and hospitals.”

Toninato: “The first one that I’m looking for is a new generation of printers. … We are very close with machine manufacturers to stay at the edge of innovation. I’ve also seen things coming in depth of field, and I have the feeling there will be great innovation there.”

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