C2018-09 – Fabrication of PCU/UHMWPE Polymeric Blends and 3D Printing using Same

Technology # 19-09 A method for 3D printing PCU / UHMPE polymeric blends The American Physical Therapy Association reports that around 700,000 Americans undergo knee surgery due to meniscus injury every year. The meniscus has a vital role in functioning and protecting the knee by dispersing contact pressure and lowering the coefficient of friction. Joint stability, force transmission and lubrication are also provided by the meniscus. Currently, molded artificial meniscus implants have solid structures that impair the joints ability to permit its natural lubrication mechanism. A new fabrication method has been invented to create porosities that can retain lubricants and allow synovial joints natural lubrication mechanisms to occur, increase cell adhesion, stimulate tissue regeneration, and add design freedom for making patient specific implants to save time and cost. This invention/technology is available for licensing. For interested parties seeking further information, feel free to contact: Mark Allen Lanoue Technology Manager / Tech Ventures University of Arkansas (479) 575-7243 malanoue@uark.edu Technology Ventures ventures@uark.edu 479-575-7243

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