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Materials Processing Technologies for Orthopaedic Products

Webinars 16 December 2020

Join our webinar to find out how TWI is using innovative Electron Beam, Friction and Additive Manufacturing materials processing technologies  to advance the capabilities of orthopaedic products.

Our three experts will explain how we are using electron beam, friction welding and additive manufacturing to create bespoke solutions for the medical industry.


Speaker: Tom Pinto

Title: Customisable Surfaces for Load Transfer and Bone Ingrowth on Forged Uncemented Acetabular Cups

Description: Find out how TWI are using an electron beam process, Surfi-Sculpt®, to create novel bespoke surfaces for load transfer and bone ingrowth aimed at processing forged uncemented acetabular cups in less than 20 seconds without the need for a completed additively manufactured component. The process can also be applied to uncemented femoral stems (both primary and revision), femoral and tibial components of uncemented knee systems, extremities such as foot and ankle as well as surgical instruments and any surface where an increased coefficient of friction is beneficial.


Speaker: Kate Franklin

Title: Friction Welding for Orthopaedic Applications

Description: Friction welding is a solid-state joining process which produces a high quality, crevice free joint. Friction welding offers a number of benefits to the orthopaedic industry including the ability to create high integrity joints between dissimilar materials. TWI has previously demonstrated the ability to join Nitinol to stainless steel (17-4 PH). In addition, friction welding can be used to produce near-net shape blanks, which can allow for a reduction in cost and material waste while allowing the production of bespoke “made-to-size” parts.


Speaker: Miguel Zavala

Title: Additive Manufacturing Processes for Medical Devices

Description The medical sector now represents a growing portion of additive manufacturing interest. The ability to produce bespoke, biocompatible devices and instruments is attractive given the variability of human bodies and the difficulty and costs associated with personalising devices using conventional manufacturing techniques. In this review, a basic overview of applications of PBF-LB technology for medical sectors is presented to identify major themes and areas of relevance to current TWI projects.


The UK is undergoing a fundamental shift in how it regulates medical devices, diagnostics and digital health technologies. We will, from 1st January, have our own sovereign regulatory system, meaning that all HealthTech companies wishing to do business within the UK must change the way they operate. Whilst product regulation continues to be a technical challenge, it should be considered at the heart of company strategy and portfolio management. At this critical juncture, understanding such regulatory culture change will be key to the future success of businesses. Successful selection of correct processes and materials feeds directly into the early stages of gaining regulation. To compliment this materials processing webinar, TWI is partnering with the ABHI to offer a discount on their forthcoming Regulatory Conference on 25th November. Details of the conference can be found here. Please use the discount code ABHIPARTNER to receive a 10% discount when booking on the ABHI conference.

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