Fusion Implants, a University of Liverpool spinout, makes porous titanium knee joints for dogs which have damaged their canine cruciate ligament, one of the most common orthopaedic ailments for dogs.Dr Dan Jones, General Manager, said: ?The use of 3D printing gives greater design freedom than conventional manufacturing techniques and also allows us to combine solid and porous sections for optimum strength and biological performance.? Fusion plans to use the investment from The North West Fund for Venture Capital to roll-out the product and fund further product development. Doug Stellman of Enterprise Ventures, which manages The North West Fund for Venture Capital, said: ?3D printing is a disruptive technology which could radically change supply chains in many industries, not just the medical sector. ?It is important that the North West, with its strong manufacturing heritage, takes full advantage of this new technique. Providing companies with finance to invest in new products and equipment is a key part of that.?
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