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Laser-sintering equipment capable of producing customised medical devices will be exhibited by EOS at MDandM 2010, from 7-10 June in New York.

The manufacturer will demonstrate a working Formiga P 100 plastics machine and exhibit plastic and metal medical prototypes and parts on booth 2655.

The company will also provide background about its latest software and hardware for product standardisation and reliability.

‘Medical companies are using our technology to create patient-specific medical products, tailored to an individual’s anatomy and needs,’ said Martin Bullemer, key account manager medical at EOS.

EOS said that its laser-sintered nylon is increasingly being used and researched for disposable, customised operating devices such as drill guides for knee and hip replacements.

The same polyamide formulation has seen service in a lightweight, robust and durable orthesis, designed for precision measurements of a patient’s limb.

The Peek HP3, a high-temperature, high-performance thermoplastic, will be biocompatible and can be sterilised, making it potentially suitable for spinal implants.

EOS uses direct-metal laser-sintering (DMLS) to create: stainless-steel prototypes for customised spinal surgical instruments; cobalt chrome replacement knee joint prototypes and end-product dental copings and bridges; and titanium dental implants with porous surfaces that promote osteointegration.

Recently added control options include (now available for DMLS) an integrated process chain management system that provides quality assurance for reusing metal powder and (for plastics laser sintering) a series of Part Property Profiles (PPP) that offer five different parameter settings for standardised, cost-effective part production.

EOS has also announced that it is undertaking a quality standard initiative, which defines requirements and procedures that customers can integrate into their own ISO: 9001 quality management systems.

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