Additive Manufacturing for the Healthcare Sector - Challenges and Issues

Webinar Recording

Presented by Julius Bonini, Principal Consultant, Metallurgy, the webinar highlights and discusses several issues associated with additive manufacturing (AM) technology that the medical implant and device community are currently facing.

This webinar shows and discusses several issues associated with additive manufacturing (AM) technology which the medical implant and device community are currently facing.

The unique porous surfaces being formed by AM methods are challenging the industry to develop unique cleaning systems and methods.  The intricate and complex porous structures seen will trap debris, processing fluids and materials, and even the very cleaning agents used to effectively “clean” these components. 

Examples are shown of the types of materials which can be trapped and the general methods used in an effort to properly clean these complex components.

Additionally, the difficult issue of particle shedding is addressed as this age-old problem for porous coated implants resurfaces - as more powder particles are associated with AM methods.

Finally, the fatigue performance of AM components are discussed.  The unique microstructures and features of titanium additive manufactured components are shown including how the anomalies found might affect ultimate fatigue performance.

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