Additive manufacturing (AM) company SLM Solutions has entered into a strategic partnership with Canwell Medical, a Chinese medical device manufacturer, to 3D print surgical implants.
SLM Solutions plans to supply its 3D printing machines as well as research and development support. The company has already printed a range of medical implants such as intervertebral fusion cages and has also developed the 60-micron (µm) process parameters for titanium alloy to print acetabular cups, part of a hip implant, while for knee joint applications, SLM Solutions is developing 60-micron (µm) process parameters for cobalt-chromium alloy. The machines can offer closed-loop powder handling, advanced and proven multi-laser technology, bi-directional recoating and an upgraded gas flow.
We fully believe that through our close cooperation in many ways, it is not a distant dream for all major medical institutions in China to be able to use advanced domestic medical devices, and for every household to be able to use affordable domestic medical devices,’ said Jerry Ma, general manager of SLM Solutions Asia Pacific.
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