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From Oil Fields to The Surgical Suite

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MARCIA STAMELL, ASSOCIATE MANAGING EDITOR, marcia.stamell @photonics.com

Laser sintering has proved its worth in industrial applications for making parts too complex for conventional manufacturing processes. Its move into the medical market promises patient-specific titanium implants that can shorten surgery times and hasten recoveries. As Christoph Gayer of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology writes, cutting-edge research is currently underway to make biodegradable patient-specific implants out of fine polymer powder. The polymer requires sophisticated processing to achieve the necessary particle size, viscosity and adhesion. Process parameters must...Read full article

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