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SME Specific MeasuresCompetitive and Sustainable Growth

Exploratory Award

Proposal number EXAW-1999-00989

AcronymHIPEDHIPS

Proposal titleDEVELOPMENT OF A PROCESS FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF HIGH

PERFORMANCE, NEAR NET SHAPE ORTHOPAEDIC PROSTHESES.

AbstractCurrent generation Cobalt Chrome prostheses are limited in performance by the

shortcomings of the investment casting process. By employing navel computer simulation,

pre-forming and encapsulation techniques in conjunction with Hot Isostatic Pressing and

powder metallurgy it will be possible to significantly enhance the performance of artificial

implants beyond the current state of the art . A 70% increase in strength, improved

repeatability / complexity will permita reduction in overall implant size, extend revision

periods and lower patient trauma, particularly in high load, low volume skeletal  regions.

The project objectives therefore to develop a system which allows the economic, near net

shape, production of these high performance implants. Work will focus on newforming

processes and prediction / characterisation technologies needed to produce these

components along with mechanical / clinical tests needed to gain approval from the

relevant medical bodies.

Key ActionGROW-1.   Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date6/07/2000End date6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 projectCooperative Research (CRAFT)Duration Exploratory Phase9 months

SME CoordinatorMr. Mike TUKECompany sizeS3

FINSBURY INSTRUMENTS LTD

13 Mole Business Park, Randalls Road

KT22 0BA - Leatherhead

United Kingdom

Phone: 441372360830

Fax: 441372360779

Email: mike.tuke@finsbury.org

SME Proposer(s)

LIVALLCO STAL ABSwedenS2

Profile of partners for joining the project

Business areas33 - Manufacture of medical, precision and optical instruments, watches and clocks

CommentsWe are searching for SME partners with any of the following business interests.Computer

simulation, capsule design & fabrication, Hot Isostatic Pressing.

Last update18/6/2001

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