WEAVING is a technology that people adopted from nature. The unique topology of wicker objects allows the creation of durable, lightweight and ergonomic designs.
REPEAT - in addition to its obvious meaning, also suggests the step of drawing, the initial element of decoration in the embellishment of fabrics.
In ancient times, WEAVING was not only an advanced technology, but also a predominantly female practice. People believed that when using a thread, it is possible to weave fate, braid love or to cure a sickness.
Here at Ambrocio we use WEAVING as the ideological foundation for the creation of repeating elements which are forming a unique pattern. The ideology of WEAVING art is our hallmark. By weaving a pattern, we help people feel a fulfilling quality of life.
To create our products, we are applying the unique ideology of WEAVING in additive manufacturing:
Medical Embroidery / Tailored Fiber Placement / Technical Embroidery
Julia Kulkova, DDS, PhD
“At present, the paradigm is shifting from bulk manufacturing of impersonal medical devices to patient-oriented treatments and implant solutions. These developments present vast business opportunities for innovation driven companies like Ambrocio. The Ambrocio team consists of highly experienced partners. It represents the whole process chain from material production to the clinical application of the medical implants for the rapid uptake by the industry. We have all the necessary state of the art materials, technologies and expertise to meet a high demand of medical professionals.
We are convinced that in the future every medical institution will be able to provide a solution designed for the individual needs of the patient.”
Ambrocio Oy is a privately owned company founded in July 2019. Ambrocio stands for Additive Manufacturing of Biostable and Bioresorbable Osteoconductive Composite Implants for Osteointegration.
The Company is focused on the development and commercialization of medical devices produced by modern composite and additive manufacturing technologies.
Ambrocio’s proprietary technology is related to fibre-reinforced composite devices created by unique functionalized spatial arrangement of continuous fibres and addresses typical problems related to the clinical use of metallic implants as well as current composite implants. The technology is versatile and does not rely on particular manufacturing techniques or implant materials. Prospective clinical applications range from restorative dentistry to orthopaedic surgery.
Our Mission is to get closer to the perfection set by nature in order to restore the function of the body.
Ambrocio technology offers the placement of continuous reinforcement fibres in order to facilitate the desired mechanical characteristics, e.g. stiffness or an acceptable degree of deformation in a particular direction. The fibres are only placed where the reinforcement is actually needed thus keeping the device compact and lightweight. In addition, reinforcement fibres bypass fixture holes, but at the same time, the fibres are evenly distributed under the screw heads to ensure stable fixation of the devices. Alternatively, the fixation of the implants can be implemented as integral parts of the composite structure to allow screw-less fixation. Consequently, only a minimal amount of post-processing is required, and the drilling of composite can in this way be avoided. Thus, the implants do not replicate metallic counterparts and they are structurally and biomechanically optimized.
The implants developed by Ambrocio utilize the advantages of different additive manufacturing technologies in order to create and combine the specific components in an intelligent way instead of applying a single technology to produce the entire device. To be able to form the precise structure of each implant, we are using Finite Element Modeling, which is a powerful tool for creating a virtual prototype. In real time, we can observe how the topology of an object affects its mechanical properties, and the constant influx of new data makes the mathematical model more accurate.
Bioresorbable polymers are attractive materials for Additive Manufacturing techniques as they are simple to use, inexpensive as well as being energy efficient. However, the range of materials for medical Additive Manufacturing is limited and, due to e.g. the lack of strength between layers, their functional capabilities are restricted to non-load-bearing applications. Therefore, reinforcement with long fibres could be a solution. The use of bioresorbable implants eliminates the need for a second surgery to remove the implant. In some challenging groups of patients e.g. paediatric, osteoporotic and cancer patients, these features also help to bring additional advantages. There is a trend toward the development of multifunctional bioresorbable devices; bioresorbable bone fillers or fixation devices which can be loaded with anti-bacterial agents to provide both bone healing and the prophylaxis or treatment of osteomyelitis. In Ambrocio, besides internal expertise, we have a wide network of partners all over the world to be able to insure most up to date knowledge in this area.
The human body is a flexible, self-regulating system which has unique features that we need to respect, and we need to take these into consideration in order to achieve successful results. Implants based on Ambrocio technology harmoniously integrate into the human body, mimicking bone in terms of mechanical properties. The bioactive features contribute to the restoration of the natural structure of the damaged or missing area and antimicrobial effect.