Every human body is different. This can make manufacturing in the medical industry difficult with custom and complex product solutions. Fortunately, powder metallurgy (PM), such as metal injection molding (MIM) and 3D metal printing (Additive Manufacturing) are the right fit for this growing market.
The medical industry requires materials that are human-body-compatible, non-corrosive, and have high wear resistance. With traditional processes, it can be difficult to make parts with these demands. However, MIM and 3D metal printing (Additive Manufacturing) are capable of producing intricate geometries and work with titanium, nickel alloys, surgical stainless steel, and more materials that work well inside the human body.
PM is supplying Pm components to the Medical market in the following ways:
- Structural supports: Artificial limbs, knee and hip joint replacements
- Surgical instruments: Forceps, graspers, knot pushers, and needle drivers
- Medical air compression: SMC eMotor components, value plates, pistons, connecting rods, bearings, and bushings