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Copper3D is a Chilean company born in an academic process in the Master of Innovation at the Adolfo Ibañez University, the most important business school in Latin America.
The Copper3D team realized that more than 40% of amputees suffer some type of dermic disorders due to the use of their prostheses. This phenomenon is also observed in non-amputee patients who use orthoses. The reason? The high bacterial burden present in these medical devices, which in contact with the skin can cause dermatitis, folliculitis, fungal or bacterial infections, among others. But then they found out that the problem of bacterial burden is much more complex and huge: According to some studies, about 50% of all Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) worldwide are due to the bacterial burden of medical devices that are difficult to maintain clean and sterilized.
After a long process of research, development and innovation, the team realized that the ideal solution to this problem involved the molecular intervention of the material with which these medical devices are manufactured. After discarding many options, they began prototyping a new polymer for 3D printing with an internationally patented additive containing copper nanoparticles, extremely effective in eliminating fungi, viruses and bacteria but safe for humans at the right concentrations.
With successful preliminary trials in Chile, it was decided to start with the industrial manufacture of this material in Europe for later commercialization.
At the moment they have their first product available, it is a high-quality PLA polymer with additive concentrations of 1 and 2%, it is called PLACTIVE since it is a PLA polymer with “active” properties in the elimination of a wide range of microorganisms.