Beam machining is applied in the medical sector for manufacturing of prostheteses or other implants as well as for production of devices for surgery.
The challenges are human body compatibility of the material cleanliness and matching surfaces.
Examples of components
The surface structure challenges are avoidance of colonization with bacteria and adequate roughness to optimize ingrowth of prosthesis into the bone tissue in case of a prosthesis.
The precision of beam machining enables products, which match these requirements.
- Hip prosthesis
- Knee prosthesis
- Bone drills
- Devices and instruments for therapeutic endoscopy (e.g. gastroscopy and colonoscopy)
- Dental implants
- Implanted devices: housings of cardiac pacemaker (ICP) or cardiatic defibrillator (ICD)