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The unique requirements surrounding knee and hip joints are largely responsible for the trend towards the use of more novel materials such as titanium powders. This in turn has lead to the growth of more advanced manufacturing processes such as laser metal deposition (additive manufacturing) and plasma spraying.
BOC works closely with manufacturers to support the optimisation of their manufacturing processes and implement new technologies that incorporate gas using processes. With the largest production and distribution network in the UK, our security of supply and quality controls are leading.
Additive manufacturing – improving bio-compatibility
Processes using titanium have increased significantly in recent years, thanks to it's durability and bio-compatibility.
The process uses laser sintering to build titanium parts in layers, melting the metal powder with a laser beam to the layer below.BOC supply the specialist gases required to generate the laser light, all of which are produced at ISO 9002 accredited facilities to the highest quality. In addition, we supply the process assist gases such as argon that help address the associated issues such as mitigating oxidisation and managing the explosive nature of the powder properties.