Researchers use titanium-tantalum alloy to improve stress absorption of 3D printed implants

a-star-researchers-improve-stress-absorption-of-3d-printed-implants-with-new-alloy-mixture-1Though it will likely take a few years before we’ll see 3D bioprinted organ implants being used in hospitals, 3D printed titanium orthopedic devices are already a reality. Thanks to the titanium’s excellent mechanical attributes and infection-resistant properties, it’s a perfect 3D printing material for knee and hip implants. And we could be seeing these 3D printed implants a lot more often in the near future, as a research team from Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore has just found a way to greatly improve their stress absorption levels. Their solution? To use a 3D printable titanium-tantalum alloy mixture, rather than the currently used titanium-aluminum mixture.

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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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