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INJECTION MOULDING OF TITANIUM POWDERS FOR BIOMEDICAL APPLICATIONS

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 17991

  • Start date

    20 October 2005

  • End date

    19 July 2008

Funded under:

FP6-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 997 011

  • EU contribution

    € 1 367 000

Coordinated by:

PYROGENESIS S.A.

Greece

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.

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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

EROTHITAN TITANIMPLANTATE AG ( EROTHITAN TITANIUM IMPLANTS SA)

Germany

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

FUNDACION INASMET

Spain

FUTURE TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS S.A

Greece

HELMED SPINE IMPLANTS S.A.

Greece

LITTLEJOHN, SONS DTS (DENTAL TECHNOLOGY SERVICES)INTERNATIONAL

United Kingdom

NATIONAL AND KAPODISTRIAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

SC TEHNOTON SA

Romania

TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY 'GH. ASACHI' OF IASI

Romania

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BERGAKADEMIE FREIBERG

Germany

TECMIM TECNICAS DE INYECCION S.A.

Spain

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 17991

  • Start date

    20 October 2005

  • End date

    19 July 2008

Funded under:

FP6-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 997 011

  • EU contribution

    € 1 367 000

Coordinated by:

PYROGENESIS S.A.

Greece