Improved Fine Features and Lattice Resolution for Medical Implants

3D Printed Spine Implant Case Study

Fewer Post-Processing Steps and Reduced Production Times

The freedom to design implants to be geometrically optimized using lattice structures and overhangs, all with minimal support structures and optimal surface finish is paramount for medical device manufacturers today. Without the need for extensive support structures, manufacturers can save time and money with fewer post-processing steps. This results in reduced overall production time and quicker time to market.

AddUp’s FormUp 350 as the only industrial Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) machine to utilize a roller recoater in conjunction with a finer powder Particle Size Distribution (PSD). Typical PBF technologies use a PSD ranging from 25-63 um.  The FormUp can effectively manage, distribute, and spread powders down to 5-25 um. This technology allows for a resolution down to 0.2mm features, shallow overhangs as low as 15 degrees, and industry leading surface finish as low as 4 Ra um, as printed.

Read this case study to see how the FormUp 350 reduces production times and saves overall cost for spine implants.

Maximizing Productivity with the FormUp 350

Faster Print Times for Serial Production

Spine implants printed in Ti-64 ELI with a roller recoater on the FormUp®350. Produced with minimal supports requiring only a quick knock to the part to remove each implant from the plate.

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