The recent MD&M West exhibition held in Anaheim, California, USA, February 2013 highlighted further developments in the use of Additive Manufacturing (AM) in the production of complex 3D components for medical applications, states a report in Design News.
Within Technologies, a design consultancy based in London, UK, showed how the boundaries of Additive Manufacturing could be broadened in medical applications with a titanium bone rasp for hollowing out femurs before inserting an implant.
The custom-designed Ti bone rasp is made using EOS laser sintering technology with titanium alloy powder. Within Technologies has also optimised the design and lattice structure/surface skin of an acetabular cup to allow speedy integration with the patient’s bone.
Other Ti devices developed by Within using laser sintering include spinal and finger implants.