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INJECTION MOULDING OF TITANIUM POWDERS FOR BIOMEDICAL APPLICATIONS

Objective

The main objective of this project is to develop the appropriate Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) technology for Titanium processing, employing a novel plasma atomised Ti powder of perfect sphericity for manufacturing high quality biomedical implant devices meeting the stringent standards imposed for this kind of materials in a cost-effective way. MIM technology is the only one that can face with success the cost-effective production of very complex shapes with thin sections, including microsized and functionally graded devices. However, no real success has been identified for MIM of Ti because of Ti tendency to react with the binder and the sintering atmosphere and the poor availability of suitable fine, high purity Ti powders. The project comprises two main research activities:
a)The optimisation of a breakthrough plasma atomisation process for the cost effective production of a high-quality, fine, spherical Ti powder and
b)The optimisation of the processes for the production of high quality Ti components using the MIM technology.

The final outcome of the research will target:
a) To overcome the difficulties related to the specifications and cost of the commercially available powders,
b) To determine the optimal debinding and sintering parameters for obtaining Ti-MIM implants meeting the stringent standards and
c) To formulate the requirements of industrial equipment for new and conventional debinding and sintering processes of Ti-MIM.

The project objectives achievement would represent a tremendous step towards the fabrication of high quality implants at an affordable price having, thus, a direct effect on the quality of health of the European citizens. The technology would be also feasible for the automotive and aerospace markets, where Ti-MIM components could replace other metallic parts contributing to the total structure weight reduction, with significant impact on metallic material resources and fuel consumption.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-SME-1
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Coordinator

PYROGENESIS S.A.
Address
Technological Park Of Lavrion, Athens-lavrion Avenue
Lavrion
Greece

Participants (13)

DENA SYSTEM BK LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Mapplewell Park 14,Wentworth Road Mapplewell
Barnsley
EROTHITAN TITANIMPLANTATE AG ( EROTHITAN TITANIUM IMPLANTS SA)
Germany
Address
Auenstrasse 3-5
Suhl
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27 C
Munchen
FUNDACION INASMET
Spain
Address
Mikeletegi Pasealekua, 2 - Parque Tecnologico
San Sebastian
FUTURE TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS S.A
Greece
Address
A' Industrial Area Of Volos-building Square (Ot) 25
Volos
HELMED SPINE IMPLANTS S.A.
Greece
Address
P. Regou & Kariotaki 2 Str.
Thessaloniki
LITTLEJOHN, SONS DTS (DENTAL TECHNOLOGY SERVICES)INTERNATIONAL
United Kingdom
Address
8, Annfield Pl
Glaskow, Scotland
NATIONAL AND KAPODISTRIAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
Christou Lada 6
Athens
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
9, Heroon Polytechneiou
Athens
SC TEHNOTON SA
Romania
Address
Calea Chisinaului No. 43
Iasi
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY 'GH. ASACHI' OF IASI
Romania
Address
B-dul Mangeron, 67
Iasi
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BERGAKADEMIE FREIBERG
Germany
Address
Akademiestrasse 6
Freiberg (Sachs)
TECMIM TECNICAS DE INYECCION S.A.
Spain
Address
Pol. Ind Torelarragoiti Vial Ap2
Zamudio