April 26, 2023
A variety of processes can be incorporated into the manufacturing of critical orthopedic implants to improve their quality, performance and longevity. These are typically implemented as secondary operations after the machining of the implant itself, improving the success rate of the procedure for both the doctor and patient. The goal of any orthopedic implant is to mitigate debris, corrosion, and bacterial attachment that may lead to follow-up surgeries, increasing the likeliness of premature failure. Our team has worked closely with many OEM's to implement these processes, giving them a competitive advantage in their respective markets.
There are 3 categories of commonly used materials used for orthopedic implants. Metals based materials include: Titanium & Titanium alloys, Tantalum and Cobal Chromium alloys. Ceramics based alloys include Zirconia and Alumina., while Polymers are typically PEEK. Each material classification has its own set of advantages and disadvantages which West-Tech Materials can discuss based on your application's requirements.
After material selection, we can discuss how you may implement a variety of manufacturing processes for your product. These include, but are not limited to machining, laser welding, additive manufacturing, plasma spraying, grit blasting, vapor deposition and anodizing.