International Biomedical R&D Group

International Biomedical R&D Group

Medical Solutions for Life
May 16 '14
Banuelos Romero, Juan Antonio, DMLS Additive Manufacturing for Orthopedic Implants (Knee). International Biomedical MX, May, 2014.
Health care is one of the most interesting and important fields in the world, there is a big room of improvement as well as potential for the new development of cutting-edge technologies which are attracting attention not just doctors and scientists; furthermore othe
Banuelos Romero, Juan Antonio, DMLS Additive Manufacturing for Orthopedic Implants (Knee). International Biomedical MX, May, 2014.
Health care is one of the most interesting and important fields in the world, there is a big room of improvement as well as potential for the new development of cutting-edge technologies which are attracting attention not just doctors and scientists; furthermore other experts in professional, political, and managerial fields. It is not hard to understand the positive impact that new and better technologies in the medical field can significantly improve people quality of life. An important fact in order to fully understand the key dimensions constituting health-care quality and the development of new manufacturing techniques for orthopedic implants (Knee). Knee implant is the most common orthopedic implant in the market, it is easy to understand due to fatigue, heavy load (person’s weight) and diseases like osteoporosis (just to mention a few) are making a daily poor quality of life for millions of persons around the world. We focus on applied DMLS Additive Manufacturing approach to study the structure of different metal alloys as Titanium alloys and Cobalt Chrome. Health-care orthopedic implants quality are deducted relative on the performance, biocompatibility and implant life-time which weights for each quality elements. Then testing on current metal alloys in the orthopedic market using AM technology looking for overall quality: anti-corrosion, endurance, and longer life-time was established to set up the framework to assess medical implants quality which are critically important parts constituting the general health-care orthopedics quality. Lastly, mechanical alloying analysis was incorporated in order to create alternatives bio-materials for additive manufacturing (metal powders) and their application in the orthopedics field (knee implant). We truly believe the methodology proposed will provide great insights in understanding and improving orthopedic implants quality and open up a world of new possibilities using Additive Manufacturing technologies.
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