animalTECH was founded by Prof. Peter Böttcher, a well-recognised small animal orthopaedic surgeon at the Free University of Berlin and provides implants and surgical guides, skills models and simulators as well as handpicked surgical equipment and instrumentation.
Being a loyal customer of various veterinary product companies, it was the ongoing frustration of missing solutions to common orthopaedic challenges and our ever-growing interest in engineering technology and rapid prototyping, which build the foundation of the implant product line of animalTECH. Especially, customisation of implants to the individual patient’s anatomy using stereolithography (SLA), Fused Deposition Modeling or Fused Filament Fabrication (FDM/FFM) printing as well as metal printing and casting technologies and injection moulding, is one of the core principles at animalTECH. Why offering a standard implant to a patient with unique and highly individual anatomical and biomechanical specifications, when we have all the tools available to tailor the implant as needed? Thinking case-based rather than mass producing is the maxim at animalTECH. Along with this, we make use of the advantages of alternative materials other than steel and titanium, such as PEEK and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) considering implant design, production and clinical application a multimodal approach, where we combine the benefits of different material worlds to the benefit of our patients.
Finally, we complement custom made implants with 3D printed templates, jigs, drill-guides and anatomical models to train in a dry-lab setting and guide the implantation intraoperatively, thereby reducing complication rate and surgical complexity.
With the experience of more than two decades, it is our pleasure to support surgeons along the process of complex osteotomy planning and guide them through the procedure in the OR with matching templates, jigs and anatomical models, as well as the matching custom designed bone plate(s) – if requested.
On the other hand, our passion for teaching and training students, residents and veterinary surgeons in general, drove the development of the training and surgical simulator product line of animalTECH.
Last but not least, daily practice in the operation room and the access to prototyping technologies have stimulated the design and construction of various gadgets, which are thought to facilitate our live in the OR.
We are not considering animalTech to be a business rival for the established implant companies to which we feel amicably attached. In fact, animalTECH is focusing on the development and production of niche products, bridging the gap between financial profit, customization and small series production.