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Titanium Has Got Competition — Amorphous Metals for Medical Applications

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Over the years, additive manufacturing using the powder bed process has become established in medical technology, especially in orthopedics and implant manufacturing. For these applications, titanium and titanium alloys are mainly used due to their high biocompatibility and excellent mechanical properties. However, some applications place higher demands on material behavior, which cannot be fully met by titanium. A promising alternative is offered by amorphous metals, which not only exhibit good compatibility in the human body but also increased elastic behavior. This represents great potential for additive manufacturing of implants that are subjected to high dynamic loads, such as rib arches.

The material's unique properties have also already attracted interest from manufacturers for spinal cages or trauma and bone plates. Despite the possibilities that a new material can offer, there is still the hurdle of regulatory approval to overcome. This talk will give an overview of the material and its properties and possible future fields of application. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Know about the unique properties of amorphous metals.
  • Understand the need for new materials in the medical industry.
  • Zeke Sudbury
    Additive Manufacturing Sales Specialist
    Trumpf