Nancy Sinatra, daughter of Frank Sinatra, and granddaughter to Italian immigrants became known for her 1966 signature hit, “These Boots are Made for Walkin*’”. The song reached No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 in January of that year**.
But what if 50 or so years later, we change the lyrics up a bit? How about, “These Hips are Made for Walkin’”?
The "new" version sure seems a fitting theme song for Italian company Lima Corporate, leading manufacturer of orthopedic implants, including acetabular cups – also known as “hip cups”.
Tucked away in the north-eastern most region of Italy, bordered by Austria to the north and Slovenia to the east, lies the mountainous region known as Friuli–Venezia Giulia. And here, in Friuli–Venezia Giulia, you find Lima Corporate.
Lima Corporate began with making surgical instruments in 1945.
Between the 1960s and 1980s, they grew the business to include medical devices, specifically titanium orthopedic prostheses. Lima Corporate today is now a leading global medical device company providing reconstructive and fixation orthopedic solutions to help improve a patient’s quality of life. They are focused on primary and revision prosthesis for large joints, extremities, fixation and implants.
In 2007, through use of Arcam's Electron Beam Melting technology, Lima developed & patented Trabecular Titanium (TT) and produced the first Lima Delta TT Cup.
Trabecular Titanium is an advanced cellular solid structure representing the next generation in Additive Manufacturing technology. It is considered a biomaterial, and is characterized by a three-dimensional hexagonal cell structure that imitates the human bone.
TT is favored in use of reconstructive orthopedics due to its properties, including its light weight, corrosion resistance, biocompatibility, and mechanical performance.
And thanks to EBM, Lima was able to design and manufacture its own trabecular structure designs with desired properties, optimized in terms of pore geometry, pore size, relative density, roughness and structure thickness.
It’s estimated that there are over 100,000 Delta TT Cups walking around today, including two implanted in Italian alpinist Romano Benet, the 16th man in history to have climbed some of the highest peaks in the world without oxygen. Romano and his wife, Nives Meroi have successfully summited 14 peaks above 8,000 m.
And perhaps the peak of this story, no pun intended? Romano conquered the last three summits with two Delta TT Cups by his side. (Implanted in each of his hips, that is).
Pictured below are alpinists Nives Meroi, Ferran Latorre, and Romano Benet.
TT is one of the reasons why Lima is now positioned among the world’s largest producers of AM implants in the healthcare sector. It’s quite an achievement; Lima and Arcam celebrated earlier this year 10 years of successful partnership.
"This milestone is a great recognition for Lima and our supporting surgeons that believed in this technology 10 years ago and have continued this exciting path with us.” - Luigi Ferrari, Lima Corporate CEO
So, are you ready, hips? Start walkin’.
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*Written and produced by Lee Hazlewood, Western Recorders, California, USA
**Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 98.