Emanuele Magalini, R&D Manager, Eurocoating s.p.a.
The main advantage of AM is design freedom, because it can manufacture complex surface components in a cost-time competitive manner. Indeed one of the most appreciated features allowed by AM of titanium is the design and production, in one manufacturing step, of orthopedic components with a surface structure suitable to promote bone colonization and ingrowth, which improves device fixation.
However, it is very important to be able to guarantee that the final material properties of an AM-made device are in compliance with the standard requirements (ex.: ASTM F3001 and ASTM F2924 for titanium alloys). Many available AM metal solutions are good candidates. The object of this work is to compare the results achievable with different laser processes (DMLS, SLM, etc.) and with EBM. Such comparison will focus on the material mechanical properties as result of Eurocoating’s application of the AM manufacturing processes adding internally developed post processes.