SME Specific MeasuresCompetitive and Sustainable Growth
Proposal number EXAW-1999-00989
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
LIVALLCO STAL ABS2
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.