Novi, MI – EOS will exhibit innovative orthopaedic applications—and a working EOSINT M 270 Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) system—at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting, March 9-13, in New Orleans, LA. The company will also present new process and quality enhancements for their manufacturing equipment at its booth, #5573.
EOS plastic and metal laser-sintering systems are increasingly being used to create devices, implants, ortheses, prostheses, surgical equipment, and instrument prototypes. The systems allow medical designers to tailor-make parts that serve doctors’ and patients’ individual needs. In addition, laser-sintering enables engineers to create complex geometries such as porous surfaces that encourage osteointegration, and implants with mesh or scaffold structures that are lighter-weight and more comfortable for patients.
Materials available from EOS for orthopaedic applications include polyamides, a high-performance PEEK polymer, stainless steels, cobalt chromes, and different titanium grades.
Recent developments that EOS will highlight at AAOS are new end-to-end quality assurance and manufacturing process controls. DMLS now features an Integrated Process Chain Management module to ensure documentation of materials and processes. In addition, plastics laser-sintering systems now include as an option new Part Property Profiles (PPP), which offer designers constant access to standardized property profiles and corresponding material values. As a result, the PPP enables manufacturers to choose, from predetermined settings, the approach that is most cost-effective for their needs.
Laurent Cataldo, General Manager of BESTinCLASS, a micro-machining company that is in a joint venture with EOS, will be at the booth to display machined parts and offer technical background. BESTinCLASS provides post-processing, including extremely fine surface finishing and polishing, for laser-sintered metal parts. Several EOS customers who supply orthopaedic services will also exhibit at the AAOS Annual Meeting.