Brief History
Back in 2003, the Department of Cranio-Maxillofacial and Plastic Surgery of the former Maastricht University Hospital needed a product to repair large skull defects easily during surgery that not only would fit perfectly on the defect, but also gave a safe and aesthetically pleasing result. Until that time, repairing large skull defects had been truly complicated by manually shaping, modelling and placing the implant. This resulted in long and complex operations with poor aesthetic results.

The world’s first 3D printed titanium skull implant

The world’s first 3D printed complete jaw implant

In 2006, young biomedical engineer Maikel Beerens (aged 21) did his intership on the topic of “Custom-made Implants” at Maastricht InstrumentsB.V and IDEEthe engineering department of the Maastricht University Medical Centre+ (MUMC+). In cooperation with the department of Cranio-Maxillofacial and Plastic Surgery, who had been working with custom-made implants from around 2003, they developed a method to preoperatively design and 3D print, patient-specific implants, based on a computer tomography scan of the patient. The first 3D printed titanium skull implant went around the world. Everyone in the medical additive manufacturing industry knows it. This kind of implants have been implanted very successfully ever since. For his thesis he was awarded the Fontys Technology Award, for best thesis in the Netherlands.

Maikel started to dream. To take this innovative technology and make it available to surgeons worldwide. The young engineer sparked his entrepreneurial spirit and founded Xilloc officially in August 2011. In that same year, Xilloc was at the base of yet another worldwide première; a 3D printed titanium complete jaw implant

Through our customized, unique and patient-specific products and services, Xilloc aims to assist surgeons helping their patients. Because patients deserve individual care.