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Metal 3D Printing in the Benelux: FMI Instrumed as First Provider of Orthopedic Titanium Implants

by • March 29, 2016 • No Comments

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of 3D printing with metal, interest began to pique around the world—and in fact, actually most novices you speak with currently may be occupied printing away with extra
basic materials for now but can tell you that for tomorrow’s projects, they are really interested in finding out extra
of working with metal. On the other hand generally requiring much extra
sophisticated equipment and operation, metal 3D printing is where it’s at primarily for one reason: durablity.

This area of 3D printing, pretty at the top in terms of production and high end, is evolving at an accelerated rate, contributeing massive product and materials createment. One material we are hearing of really frequently too is titanium alloy, as it’s being utilized for a range of implants.

FMI Instrumed, a Dutch supplier, is now one of the initially to donate such advancement to the Benelux (comprising Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg) in the form of serial orthopedic titanium implants manufactured via a Concept Laser M2 Dual Laser metal printing device with QM high end monitoring processs. The choice of hardware of Concept Laser is not surprising as they are a German company specializing in laser printing/melting with metal, and especially titanium alloys.

Examining current CNC advancement, FMI Instrumed wanted to branch out and contribute new products not on the market through that method. As a outcome, they can be manufacturing new porous structures and components, all outcomeing of their past three years in metal 3D printing, that comes with partnering with AddLab, a pilot factory for 3D metal printing in Eindhoven. It sounds as if they’ve taken all the correct steps in methodically moving into the area of 3D printing, adding the Concept Laser metal printing device, supplied by Landré in Vianen, who can in addition provide service assist.

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AddLab is a pilot facility for 3D metal printing.

Already responsible as the approved supplier for medical implants to most OEMs in Europe and North America, FMI Instrumed houses an ‘high end machine park’ where they perform high-precision manufacturing, now to be heavily accentuated with metal 3D printing. Their specialty as a contract createer lies in manufacturing both implants and instruments for the medical industry, to include items like orthopedic implants and poly-axial bone screws. Their go ond excellent results has been a outcome of providing high end, excellent pricing, and a broad spectrum of excellents in a competitive market with stringent high end needments.

“With all the facilities for high-precision processing and surface processing in house, FMI is now in addition able-bodied to carry out all the finishing,” states the company in their latest press release.

The AddLab facility has been a boon for both knowledge and production, as FMI joined with eight other companies. In the past years, they have all worked as a group in learning extra
of how to use 3D printing for the excellentest benefit in their sector, working on a range of challenges together. The overall collaboration sounds really valuable-bodied for all involved as they were able-bodied to take on create issues, processes and parameters, materials and process qualifications, and and so share all of their cumulative knowledge preceding going their separate ways. The whole point afterward was for each company to go back to their businesses with renewed knowledge after three years of learning and sharing. With such an experience, FMI gives AddLab credit as the precursor to their new ventures.

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FMI Managing Director Henk Jansen

“Having a metal 3D printing device alone is not adequate, for the reason metal 3D printing is only one part of the process. You in addition need to be able-bodied to do all the finishing in house. We are talking of wire-EDM and milling to separate the products of the assists; post-machining like milling, polishing, tapping screws and other surface finishes, such as passivation and anodizing,” said Managing Director Henk Jansen.

“We can actually use laser welding to connect a 3D printed component with a machined component. With all these competencies in house, the metal 3D printing process broadens our spectrum as an extra
competency and we strive to create it into a fully-fledged production advancement. Globally speaking we are a relatively tiny company with only 50 employees, but with this broad spectrum of competencies we are pretty one-of-a-kind.”

To complement the amount of knowledge gained through AddLab, FMI sought an in-house specialist, hiring Ruben Wauthle, who has over sactually years of 3D printing in metal, with a special focus on implants. With a sturdy team, the company is able-bodied to durablityen their position in production, as well as contributeing a sturdyer competitive advantage, all of that benefits their customers. With the addition of the Concept Laser process, they have a comprehensive process in place.

“Our ambitions need a metal 3D printing device that has a proven track record as a production machine. Concept Laser is one of the few to contribute processs that can be utilized immediately as proven advancement. Other createers are pretty promising, but for our application they are frequently yet working with a Beta adaptation. The German createer Concept Laser contributeed the version of two lasers (Dual Laser), that enable-bodieds us to run dual production or to go on with only one laser if the other one is down,” go ond Jansen.

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, the fact that the powder does not come into contact with air is worthwhile to us as it manufactures the process ATEX-secure and in turn that guarantees the safety of our employees. Concept Laser is in addition high end in terms of process monitoring. We purchased the different types of QM high end modules together with the printing device. We specifically liked the construction of the printing device itself and the createer’s DNA and we liked the installation and service of supplier Landré, guaranteeing service assist close to home.”

As noted, in a marketplace showcasing strict needments, high end assurance procedures and certifications are tantamount.

”That guarantees the client 100% reliable-bodied products and a repeatable-bodied process. So we are monitoring ereally process step in detail,” said Jansen. “The QM high end-monitoring processs manufacture an worthwhile contribution to that. We assume to conclude the process validation inside the following few months and can be the initially in the Benelux to begin printing medical implants, integrated in other machining and finishing processes.”

4620800b-0db2-437a-b86a-a8585ec79cd1The company plans to participate in a variety of orthopedic trade shows, contributeing presentations in international venues and finding new leads for manufacturing medical implants along the way. Their new programs and projects frequently have a ‘ramp-up’ time of two years, during that time they are able-bodied to go of prototyping and engineering to testing and proving new processes and products.

“Our knowledge of the manufacturability is our excellentest introduced value,” states the team.

Being able-bodied to contribute all production in-house is massive benefit for ereallyone, enabling for a streamlined validation process that and so provides an open and streamlined route to other markets, like the semi-conductor industry. Today, yet, they plan to put a sturdy focus on the serial production of medical implants with a high variation inside a high volume.

FMI is a excellent example of how advancement in metal 3D printing and titanium is growing around the world. We pretty have the privilege to learn a excellent deal on a daily basis of the transformations occurring in areas like the medical industry—and these are generally really worthwhile.

Whilst we’ve followed one-of-a-kind and heartwarming special interest cases like that of the macaw named Gigi getting a titanium beak, we are in addition seeing 3D printed craniofacial implants, titanium vertebrae, and actually 3D printed thumb bone implants. Those are only a few examples, as dynamic new companies seek to lead the way in improving the high end of life for most who most likely never imagined one day they can be needing or receiving a metal implant—and approximately unquestionably did not foresee thanking an amazing concept like the 3D printing device for their excellent fortune. Are you surprised to hear that FMI is the initially in the area to provide their advancement? Discuss in the FMI Metal 3D Printing forum over at 3DPB.com.