Gainesville, Fla. (June 16, 2016) – Exactech (Nasdaq: EXAC), a developer and producer of bone and joint restoration products and biologic materials for extremities, knee, hip and spine, has confirmed the purchase of two Arcam Q10plus machines this week to expand its in-house manufacturing capabilities. This investment will advance Exactech’s long-term commitment to additive manufacturing technology, also known as 3-D printing.
“Integrating the Arcam Q10plus technology into our operations will bring numerous benefits to our already robust manufacturing systems,” said Raymond Cloutier, Exactech vice president of engineering & development for spine. “In 2010, Exactech became the first company to receive FDA clearance for a 3-D printed orthopaedic implant and has since received multiple additional clearances for other implants. We will now be able to leverage this knowledge and experience to enhance the design of our hip, knee, extremities and spine implants, reduce product development lead times and further supplement supply.”
The Arcam Q10plus is Arcam’s latest Electron Beam Melting (EBM) machine that has been designed specifically for cost-efficient production of orthopaedic implants. Studies have shown that build times can be reduced up to 25 percent with improved surface finishes, compared to previous generations of EBM systems.1
“Exactech was the first company in the U.S. to mass-produce medical implants using additive manufacturing. We are happy to see their confidence in our EBM technology and in the Arcam Q10plus as a volume production system for the medical device industry. We truly look forward to partnering with Exactech to grow production of their joint restoration products,” said Arcam Chief Executive Officer Magnus René.
“This equipment supports our long-range commitment to additive manufacturing, our comprehensive effort to optimize our supply chain and our perpetual interest in cost reduction,” said Exactech Chief Financial Officer Jody Phillips.
1Data on file at Arcam
Based in Gainesville, Fla., Exactech develops and markets orthopaedic implant devices, related surgical instruments and biologic materials and services to hospitals and physicians. The company manufactures many of its orthopaedic devices at its Gainesville facility. Exactech’s orthopaedic products are used in the restoration of bones and joints that have deteriorated as a result of injury or diseases such as arthritis. Exactech markets its products in the United States, in addition to more than 30 markets in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific. Additional information about Exactech can be found at https://aigrenoble.com.
Exactech Vice President, Corporate & Marketing Communication
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