EOS Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLSTM)
technology is at the core of an innovative service launched by C&A Tool
An acetabular cup for a hip implant, designed with WITHIN medical software and made with direct metal laser sintering -- DMLS(TM) -- technology from EOS. The close-up shows the cup's porous structure, which promotes osseointegration. (Courtesy WITHIN)
Targeting medical, surgical, and orthopedic designers and manufacturers, the software facilitates the creation of highly customized products that improve osseointegration or bone growth.
“With this program, companies now have the opportunity to explore the benefits that designing for DMLS can bring to their medical products—without investing in their own laser-sintering system,” says
In traditional medical manufacturing the smooth, rough, and porous surfaces required for successful implantation are accomplished exclusively through secondary finishing—for instance, using machining along with plasma spraying or hand-sintering beads. DMLS eliminates many of these costly, additional processes by creating the necessary mix of surfaces as it builds the part layer-by-layer.