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FMI Instrumed to Serial Print Titanium Implants

FMI Instrumed, a contract manufacturer specializing in additive manufacturing, welding and high-precision machining, will commence production of serial orthopaedic titanium implants using a metal 3D printer. To obtain this capability, the company invested in a Concept Laser M2 Dual Laser metal printer with QM quality monitoring systems.

In order to develop the integration of the 3D printing technology into a fully-fledged business, Ruben Wauthle recently joined the company. Wauthle has more than seven years of experience in metal 3D printing and worked for LayerWise in Belgium. While achieving his PhD at Leuven University, he specialized in producing implants with metal 3D printing.

Existing and new clients can join the new program, which can have a ramp-up time of up to two years. During this period, the company will move from prototypes to engineering, 0-series and proving the reliability of the process. The company’s focus will remain serial production of medical implants with a high variation within a high volume.

Source: FMI Instrumed

Additive manufacturing technology offers a way for companies to distinguish their devices and services. Stryker recently announced the construction of a state-of-the-art additive manufacturing facility in order to produce new products across multiple divisions and set the company apart from its main competitors, DePuy Synthes, Smith & Nephew and Zimmer Biomet.