Rapid manufacturing company Arcam uses Free Form Fabrication (FFF®) to create 3D parts from metal powder. The company calls their process Electron Beam Melting (EBM®) technology.
above: lattice skull plate
The EBM technique is especially useful in constructing medical implants and parts for aerospace. Talk of customized design — in the need for artificial bones, custom is the only way to go.
A unique feature is the possibility to build parts with designed porosity and scaffolds, which enables the building of implants with a solid core and a porous surface, to facilitate bone ingrowth. …
Using CT scan data, it is possible to build custom designed implants that perfectly match the shape of the patient’s bones. This method can be used to custom design orthopaedic devices, as well as bone plates for severe bone fractures and lost bone from cancer resections.
Click here for more about Arcam and a cool little video tour of their production headquarters in Sweden.