Farsoon-Printed Spine-Cage Implants Earn Chinese Clearance

March 17, 2021

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Farsoon-Printed Spine-Cage Implants Earn Chinese Clearance
Huaxiang Group, a provider of 3D-printed medical components, and Dr. Wang Wenjun’s Spinal Surgery team from First Affiliated Hospital of University of South China, recently received Category 3 medical-device clearance from China’s National Medical Products Administration for their porous spine-fusion cages, produced on metal-additive manufacturing (AM) systems from Farsoon Technologies. This reportedly marks the first approved orthopedic implants built via metal laser powder-bed fusion technology in China.

Dr. Wenjun’s team along with Huaxiang Group can create a unique lattice design featuring customizable pore size, porosity and elastic modulus that resemble that of human bones. This helps to reduce stress tension, promote bone growth and achieve long-term stability.

Solar Atmospheres of California and Kittyhawk Form Strategic Partnership
Solar Atmospheres of California and Kittyhawk announce a strategic partnership for heat treating and hot isostatic pressing services. Solar Atmospheres provides quality vacuum heat treating services with bright, clean results and minimal distortion, and Kittyhawk provides excellent, timely and economical hot isostatic pressing (HIP) services.

AM Research at Clemson for U.S. Army to Employ 3D Systems Nine-Laser Printer
Clemson University researchers are receiving funding from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory to create new technology aimed at helping speed development of 3D-printed components for future ground vehicles, air platforms and munitions. The research will leverage a unique nine-laser metal-AM system featuring a 1 m by 1 m by 600-mm build chamber developed by 3D Systems.

The idea behind the platform is to help production engineers more quickly and inexpensively design, analyze and fabricate a range of large and complex geometry components with embedded multi-functionalities, such as ground- and air-vehicle structures with power transmission, energy storage, sensing and self-monitoring functions, for achieving overall size, weight, power and cost efficiencies.

The principal investigator on the project is Srikanth Pilla, the Robert Patrick Jenkins Endowed Professor within the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences and founding director of the Clemson Composites Center. “As part of the new project,” he says, “we will develop a database of raw materials, including metals, plastics and composite materials, that then could be used to train artificial intelligence and create digital models of potential new feedstock materials.”

AMUG For Users, By Users
AMUG is an all-encompassing technology users group dedicated to the advancement of additive manufacturing technology. The AMUG Conference brings together engineers, designers, managers, and educators from around the world to share expertise, best practices, challenges, and application developments in additive manufacturing

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Conference highlights include:  
  • Keynote: Process Standardization, Data Collection and Transference—Ashley Toti, NCDMM
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Three-Axis Hybrid Machine Expandable to Five Axes
Diversified Machine Systems (DMS), a designer and manufacturer of three- and five-axis CNC routers and other machining products out of its Colorado Springs, CO, location, brings AM into the fold by employing its subtractive expertise to produce hybrid machines. Its hybrid roster includes the small-footprint Hybrid 2 Cubed, with five-axis capabilities added to expand on the original three-axis format.

In one case study forwarded by DMS officials, using the Hybrid 2 Cubed significantly improved the manufacturing of propellers and impellers, where low-volume production runs make casting cost-prohibitive, and yielded a propeller ready for finish machining in a build time of 15 hr.

Industry News
Online Dyndrite Developer Conference Set for April 20-21
AM Solutions Adds Automated Metal-Surface Finishing from PostProcess Technologies
Markforged Adds Industry Veteran Clayton as VP of Global Sales
More Funding from U.S. Navy, Air Force for Senvol Machine-Learning Software
Meld Awarded U.S. Navy Contract for Printing and Repair via Meld AM Machines

Winter 2021
In This Issue
Wabtec On Track to Reap Performance Gains from Metal AM
Railroad OEM Wabtec calls AM a "technology pillar" as it plans use AM in the production of more than 25,000 parts by 2025. This spring the firm will open a new AM facility in Pittsburgh to produce large-scale lightweight parts, promising to reduce lead times to customers by as much as 80 percent.
Perfect Power for Perfect Builds
Brownouts, power dips and surges―all of these events can render an otherwise perfect build worthless. But have no fear, an uninterruptible power supply will prevent power disruptions from ruining your builds, avoiding costly waste and production delays.

Coming in 3DMP's Spring 2021 Issue
  • Industry Outlook—a contributed op-ed from Markforged
  • AMUG Preview
  • Analyzing Laser-Beam Quality During LPBF
  • Market Report
  • Understanding Pore Formation

Industry-Related Terms: Case, Center, CNC, Form, LASER
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