Category Archives: titanium

UK Ministry of Defence announces disruptive titanium technology, Metalysis increases funding

Metal 3D printing received a boost this week with two announcements from the UK. Titanium’s high strength, lightweight and resistance to corrosion make the metal a desirable choice for applications in aerospace, defence and healthcare. However, the cost of titanium makes it prohibitively expensive for wider use. The FAST-forge initiative, funded by Innovate UK, aims […]

PyroGenesis eliminates tungsten contamination in metal additive powders

PyroGenesis, a manufacturer of spherical metal powders using patented plasma processes, has announced that its additive manufacturing materials are officially free-from tungsten. Known as “the Devil particle,” tungsten is a contaminant of metal powders, causing imperfections and concurrent weakness in a 3D printed part. Tungsten contamination has caused catastrophic part failures in the past, and is a […]

RMIT 3D printed implant study proves our bodies thrive off diamonds

While it may not be as a catchy as the famous song from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, research from RMIT University argues that diamonds are (also) a 3D printer’s best friend. More specifically, diamond, as it is made from carbon, improves the biocompatibility of 3D printed titanium implants. The breakthrough discovery made by Dr. Kate Fox and her […]

Renishaw 3D printed ribs make a cancer survivor at Morriston Hospital Wales

A 3D printed rib implant at Morriston Hospital in Wales has saved the life of Peter Maggs, a 71-year-old patient suffering from muscle cancer. A sensitive case affecting Mr. Maggs’ chest wall, Morriston surgeons opted for the alternative treatment when considering the potential complications of the operation. Due to Mr. Maggs’ successful recovery, the process […]

Renishaw 3D printed ribs make a cancer survivor at Morriston Hospital Wales

A 3D printed rib implant at Morriston Hospital in Wales has saved the life of Peter Maggs, a 71-year-old patient suffering from muscle cancer. A sensitive case affecting Mr. Maggs’ chest wall, Morriston surgeons opted for the alternative treatment when considering the potential complications of the operation. Due to Mr. Maggs’ successful recovery, the process […]

Sandvik invests $25 million in materials for metal 3D printers

The metal powders for additive manufacturing market continues to see increased competition in a new move from high-technology engineering group Sandvik (SAND:SS). Sandvik has announced plans to open a specialist additive manufacturing materials production plant in Sweden. The 200 million SEK ($25 million USD) facility will focus on the mining and production of fine metal powders made from titanium […]

Sliced 3D printing news LEGO, PostProcess Technologies, DOBOT, Arcam

What gave Einstein so many bright ideas? How are 3D printed fakes entering the art world? Where can I get a 3D printed Tiny Rick? How many hours does it take to design a 3D printed dress? These questions and more from metal additive manufacturing to desktop 3D printing are answered in this edition of […]

FDA clears “first ever” 3D printed spine implant to treat of multiple injuries

Metal additive manufacturing has hit on a clear niche within the healthcare industry for producing small and complex medical grade implants at scale. Many 3D printing companies working within medicine have a portfolio of devices for the purpose, typically including a sample of 3D printed cages used to support the spine. However, in what is […]

TU Delft’s 3D printed metamaterial hip puts a spring in the step

Metamaterials are materials engineered with properties that allow them to behave outside, or “beyond”, their nature. They come in many different forms with varying capabilities, including electric and sonic manipulation, or the way they deform under pressure, i.e. auxetic metamaterials. At Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), a team led by Professor Amir Zadpoor has […]

Study finds 3D printed titanium scaffolds better than current bone-grafting treatments

At Charité–Universitätsmedizin Berlin, “Europe’s largest University clinic,” researchers are working to prove that, in specific cases, 3D printed titanium-mesh scaffolds offer a better alternative to conventional bone-grafting techniques using a patient’s own bone. The treatment is believed to be particularly effective when treating large bone defects caused by significant trauma to the limbs. In addition […]