Individual Patient Solutions - IPS Implants

Individual Patient Solutions

IPS Implants®

The right "customized" choice for every patient

Patient-specific implants, planning aids, and anatomical models are made from various materials using state-of-the-art fabrication technologies. Thanks to computer-based planning and functionalized patient-specific implants, preoperative planning can be implemented in surgery with unprecedented precision.
Based on the potential planning in our IPS CaseDesigner® software and subsequent case treatment and communication in the IPS Gate®, you will then receive an IPS® implant fabricated to your wishes. As a result, the IPS® product range offers a versatile service in terms of patient-specific implants.

IPS Implants®

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Individual Patient Solutions - IPS
IPS Implants® Preprosthetic

IPS Implants® Preprosthetic

  • Functionally stable, immediate dental rehabilitation
  • No bone augmentation necessary
  • Remote fixation from the soft tissue penetration point of the abutment
  • Significant reduction in the treatment duration
  • Immediate postoperative loading possible
IPS Implants® Orthognathics

IPS Implants® Orthognathics

  • Additively manufactured implants, drill and marking guides or splints based on individual patient data
  • Orthognathic case planning using IPS CaseDesigner® planning software
  • Targeted predetermination of the fixations in an anatomically reliable environment and of the osteosynthesis screws to be used
IPS Implants® MI Orthognathics

IPS Implants® MI Orthognathics

  • Orthognathic case planning using virtual planning software IPS CaseDesigner®

  • Minimally invasive transfer of virtual planning to the OR with L1® MI Orthognathics instruments

  • Additively manufactured drill and marking guides, splints and implants, based on individual patient data

  • Integrated individual correction of the spina nasalis anterior (nasal spinous process)

  • Suture holes for fixation of the nasal septum

IPS Implants® Cranium

IPS Implants® Cranium

  • Versatile choice of materials: Additive Manufacturing Titanium (AMTi), Polyetheretherketone (PEEK), Titanium Mesh or Solid Titanium
  • Complete design freedom of the implants through additive manufacturing technology, osteoconductive designs possible
  • Optional marking guides are available for an exact fit of the implant on the defect area
IPS Implants® Midface Orbita

IPS Implants® Midface Orbita

  • Additively manufactured implants based on the patient's individual CT data
  • Mirroring of the intact bones and adaptation to the predominant anatomical environment
  • Attachment of insertion vectors, navigation markers and depth gauges
  • Drainage functions for unhindered outflow of haematomas
  • Atraumatic implant margin allows soft-tissue-friendly insertion
IPS Implants® Mandible Reconstruction

IPS Implants® Mandible Reconstruction

  • Additively manufactured implants based on the patient's individual CT data
  • Optimisation of graft lifting from the fibula, scapula or Iliac Crest with the aid of accurately fitting drill and marking guides
  • Mirroring of the intact bones and adaptation to the predominant anatomical environment
  • Best possible three-dimensional fitting accuracy
IPS Implants® Distraction

IPS Implants® Distraction

  • Fixation plates based on the patient's individual CT data, already checked for optimal fit at the factory
  • Available as IPS® distractors with modified standard or special components
  • The standard distractors from the KLS Martin range serve as a basis
  • Heatmap of the bone thickness in the area of the attached distractors
  • Planning and securing the distraction vectors

Generative manufacturing process,
additive manufacturing

Selective Lasermelting

Selective laser melting (SLM) is a 3D printing process in the context of a generative manufacturing process.
Titanium powder is fed from a high pressure chamber into a working chamber via a scraper or roller. A laser beam is reflected into the working chamber with a mirror where it falls on the titanium powder. The impact of the laser beam melts the powder (hence the term laser melting) and compresses it. Once the laser has processed one working plane, the working platform (table) is lowered and a new layer of titanium powder is applied. Thus the workpiece is manufactured layer after layer. As the performance density of the laser is extremely high, this leads to highly compressed three-dimensional workpieces.
This manufacturing process allows the fabrication of patient-specific implants from additive manufactured titanium.

Selective laser sintering and stereolithography

Selective laser sintering and stereolithography also count as generative manufacturing processes. Selective laser sintering (SLS) follows the same functional principle as selective laser melting, the difference being that the starting materials used are all materials with thermoplastic properties. Resin powder (e.g. polyamide (PA)) is a frequently used material. Drill and marking guides or anatomical models are manufactured using this method.

In stereolithography (SLA), the workpiece is positioned in a photopolymer liquid bath (e.g. epoxy resin) in which it is slowly immersed deeper and deeper. During each step a laser passes over the starting material to harden it in thin layers in order to create the desired shape.

The stereolithography process is the 3D printing process which has so far been in use the longest, so that a considerable amount of experience has been gained. In general this method is used for fabricating anatomical models.

Individual Patient Solutions - IPS conventional manufacturing

Conventional manufacturing technologies

PEEK, titanium mesh and solid titanium implants are fabricated with proven conventional manufacturing processes. This includes deep-drawing, milling, turning, or machining.

Materials of the IPS Implants®

Additive manufacturing titanium

Completely free surfaces can be generated without tools and devices. This allows for hitherto unprecedented options in surface design.
Correction processes are no longer required.

Material: Ti-alloy Ti6Al4V
Specified according to: ASTM F136 -02a (ELI Grade 23)
Sterilization: steam sterilization at 132 °C
EN 285 / ANSIA / AAMI / ISO 11134 – 1993


  • Complete freedom of design of the material and its surface
  • Exact precision fit
  • High stability
  • Open structures are possible
  • Fast


  • If necessary, revision procedures are only possible with considerable effort
  • Intraoperative trimming is virtually impossible

PEEK - poly ether ether ketone

Brief information: PEEK is a high-strength, temperature-stable high performance polymer. Due to its physical properties, which closely resemble those of human cortical bone, it is the most commonly used plastic in orthopedics. Available in closed or pre-drilled designs.

Material: - poly ether ether ketone
Specified according to: ISO 10993, ASTM F 2026
Sterilization: steam sterilization at 132 °C
EN 285 / ANSIA / AAMI / ISO 11134 – 1993


  • Very elastic, yet very hard and resistant at the same time
  • Optimal protective function for the patient
  • No increased thermal sensitivity
  • Low weight
  • Resistant to gamma irradiation and MRT imaging
  • Low formation of artefacts on X-ray images
  • Three-dimensional bone replacement


  • Only limited accumulation potential of cells
  • Intraoperative adaptation or trimming is only possible at considerable effort
  • Requires osteosynthesis plates for fixation

Titanium mesh

Compared with conventional osteosynthesis materials, titanium mesh is deep-drawn three-dimensionally. A special thermal process provides a closed material structure and best mechanical strength. The mesh is form-stable and not pre-damaged. Titanium mesh has excellent biocompatibility and offers accumulation potential for bone cells.

Material: pure titanium

Specified according to: ISO 5832-2, ASTM F 67

Sterilization: steam sterilization at 132 °C
EN 285 / ANSIA / AAMI / ISO 11134 – 1993


  • Best biocompatibility, best vascularization
  • Beneficial mechanical properties
  • Easy final adaptation is also possible during the surgical procedure
  • Good trimming properties
  • Accumulation potential for bone cells
  • Optimal material for involved nasal sinuses 
  • Comparatively lower price levels
  • No osteosynthesis plates required for fixation


  • No three-dimensional bone replacement
  • Tools required

Solid titanium

Solid titanium is a high-strength reconstruction alternative to titanium mesh. Although it has been largely replaced by titanium mesh over the past few years, it still offers some advantages in certain applications - e.g. in terms of mechanical protection.

Material: pure titanium

Specified according to: ISO 5832-3, ASTM F 67

Sterilization: steam sterilization at 132 °C
EN 285 / ANSIA / AAMI / ISO 11134 – 1993


  • High-strength reconstruction alternative
  • Best mechanical protective function
  • Complete three-dimensional replica of the defect under consideration of bone thickness
  • No osteosynthesis plates required for fixation


  • Increased thermal conductivity
  • Subsequent bending not possible
  • Subsequent trimming not possible

The easy way to IPS Implants®

To start the patient-specific planning the patient data and other case-related information is uploaded onto the IPS Gate® as a first step. IPS Gate® is a platform that reliably and efficiently guides users through the process of requesting, planning including possible corrections and finishing patient-specific products. The intuitive concept offers users maximum mobility, flexibility and functionality. 

IPS® developers then check the quality of the data and prepare the case planning with the information and requirements of the users provided in advance. The integrated chat function enables direct contact and direct communication between the persons involved. Via chat communication and web meetings, case plannings and product designs are discussed, adapted and if necessary revised together.

If the design meets the user's requirements, he or she can digitally release the design for production directly via the IPS Gate®. Simultaneously, the users receive the economic offer and confirm this by sending the official order.

As soon as the users have given their approval, production of the IPS Implants® starts. The products are then shipped to the users as quickly as possible and can be used during surgery.

Legal basis for IPS Implants®

According to the regulations of the MPG (Medical Device Act) §3 Sentence 8, a custom-made product is a medical device manufactured on prescription according to specific design specifications and which is intended for the exclusive use for a named patient. For this reason a separate inquiry is necessary in every case.

The written prescription is a release for the technical offer (design of the products). This is to be submitted in writing by the user at the same time as the required order for the economic offer if he/she agrees with the desired case planning.

Shipment is not permissible as a matter of principle without this mandatory regulatory document.

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