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Metal 3D printing for healthcare

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is an exciting technology whose benefits are being readily embraced with real life applications being developed daily.

Metal 3D printing removes many of the constraints seen in more traditional manufacturing methods such as milling, casting or fabrication. This opens up new possibilities for complex geometries and mass customisation of parts, at a commercially viable cost, that were previously unfeasible.

The possibilities of additive manufacturing

Metal 3D printing removes many of the constraints seen in more traditional manufacturing methods such as milling, casting or fabrication. This opens up new possibilities for complex geometries and mass customisation of parts, at a commercially viable cost, that were previously unfeasible.

With the capability of producing complex features and accurate parts, metal 3D printing is highly suited to the production of medical and dental devices in both cobalt chrome and titanium.

Additive manufacturing can be applied to custom medical device manufacture for craniofacial implants and guides. Orthopaedics and dental devices are just some of the areas in which additive manufacturing is being used, with many more applications possible. Renishaw is keen to work with its customers to improve existing custom devices, or develop new applications that are yet to be exploited.

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Metal 3D printing - an overview

Renishaw's laser melting is a pioneering additive manufacturing process capable of producing fully dense metal parts direct from 3D CAD files using a high-powered fibre laser. Parts are built from a range of fine metal powders that are fully melted in a tightly controlled atmosphere layer by layer in thicknesses ranging from 20 to 100 microns. Want to know more?

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Facial reconstruction using metal 3D printing

  • See how Renishaw custom made cutting and placement guides helped to return a customer's smile. By using 3D printed cobalt chrome cutting and placement guides, surgeon Mr Adrian Sugar was able to streamline the operation. Mr Sugar was very pleased with result saying "I think it’s incomparable - the results are in a different league from anything we’ve done before."

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