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SME Specific MeasuresCompetitive and Sustainable Growth

Exploratory Award

Proposal number EXAW-1999-01114

AcronymBIOTIP

Proposal titleInjection Moulding of Titanium Powders for Biomedical Applications

AbstractTi and its alloys are increasingly used for the production of orthopaedic and dental implants

due to the outstanding strength to weight ratio and its immunity to body fluids. Ti

implants are traditionally produced by machining. However, when a high quantity of

complex shape components are demanded, the production cost per unit is high The Metal

Injection Moulding (MIM) process eliminates machining and is ideal for small components

in medium to high quantities. The more complex the design, the more economically

advantageous MIM becomes. MIM is not yet a well-established technique for the

production of biomedical and dental Ti components. One of the most serious reasons for

this is the lack in the global market of high quality, oxygen free, fine (< 25 µm), spherical

Ti powders.The aim of this project is the MIM manufacture of a range of cost-effective

biomedical implant device for use in orthopaedic and orthodontic surgery. To achieve this

aim, research is necessary for the production of perfectly spherical and highly pure Ti

powders, in sizes suitable for MIM in addition, the die design and the MIM process

parameters have to be optimised.

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 Phase8 months

SME CoordinatorMr CHRISTOS KALAITZISCompany sizeS2

C. LALAITZIS -A. KEHAGIOPOULOS

Gamvetta Street66-68

54642 - THESSALONIKI

Greece

Phone: 3031866144

Fax: 3031866328

Email: spondylos@otenet.gr

SME Proposer(s)

METAL INJECTION MOULDINGS LTD.United KingdomS2

Profile of partners for joining the project

Business areas28 - Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment

27 - Manufacture of basic metals

CommentsMetal injection moulders Orthopaedic and dental implant manufacturers Orthopaedic

surgeons and hospital consultant staff

Last update18/6/2001

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