The use of additive manufacturing for the fabrication of metal-based implants will be among the featured topics at this year’s International Wohlers Conference. The 14th annual conference, which is entirely devoted to the production of high-value metal parts using the additive process, is scheduled for November 29 at EuroMold 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany.
At the conference, Dr. Ing. Michele Pressacco, Product Development Manager at Lima Corporate (Villanova di San Daniele del Friuli, Italy) will discuss the use of electron-beam melting for the production of orthopaedic implants. The company applies the technology to the manufacture of a cellular solid, called Trabecular Titanium, in metallic biomaterials. The technique reportedly leads to improved osseointegration in the final part while maintaining the material’s mechanical properties and modulus. Pressacco will be speaking at 2:30 on 29 November.
A number of other speakers will address the benefits of additive manufacturing for aerospace, consumer and other applications. The full conference programme is available for download.Norbert Sparrow