Manufacture of metallic implants
Due to the almost unlimited geometric freedom in design and manufacturing and in combination with new materials, implant production by additive manufacturing is becoming more and more important. The potential to simulate bone formation by means of complex internal component structures and thus save weight while maintaining mechanical strength is almost unique. Examples of the growing range of materials include proven, biocompatible light metal alloys based on titanium (Ti6Al4V) as well as well-known CoCr-based materials. In combination with new design philosophies and simulation techniques, new approaches for products - such as implants with integrated reservoirs for long-term medication - are emerging.