Like mass finishing, shot blasting is an exceptionally versatile surface treatment technology. Its applications range from general cleaning after casting and forging to shot peening and, even, cosmetic blasting for placing a fine, matte finish on the work pieces.
For shot blasting of orthopedic implants Rosler Metal Finishing recommends mainly air and occasionally wet blasting systems. The blast media is accelerated by compressed air and thrown at the work pieces through a blast nozzle, creating an extremely precise blast pattern compared to turbine blasting. Another advantage of air blasting is that it can be used with metallic, mineral as well as organic blast media.
These attributes and many more make this surface finishing method particularly useful in the medical industry.
Continue reading Joint Reconstruction, Part 6 – Shot Blasting for Surface Finishing, Coating Preparation, and Increased Component Life Span
Mass finishing is a highly versatile finishing technology that can be used for a wide variety of different surface treatment operations including those in the medical industry. Therefore, it is no surprise that mass finishing processes are utilized at practically every manufacturing stage for all kinds of orthopedic implants.
Rosler Metal Finishing has decades of experience in mass finishing. In this installment of the Joint Reconstruction Series, we will compare the various machines used to provide precise finishing for endoprosthetic manufacturers.
Examples of Mass Finishing
Mass finishing is used for a variety of joint
replacement work pieces including:
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- Descaling and edge radiusing of hip stems, knee femorals, and other
implants after forging or casting, e.g. lost wax or investment casting.
- Deburring and surface smoothing of various implants after belt or CNC
- Final polishing of knee femorals, femoral heads, and the inside of
acetabular cups to Ra = 0.8 micro inches as the last finishing stage before
Shot blasting and mass finishing have become indispensable technologies for surface preparation and finishing of joint reconstruction implants. Their applications range from surface cleaning, deburring, edge radiusing after forging, casting, additive manufacturing, and machining to surface preparation for different kinds of coatings, shot peening for increasing the longevity of an implant, and placing an extremely smooth, high-gloss finish on the implants before they are inserted into the body.
Rosler Metal Finishing leverages its extensive experience in the medical industry to create customized solutions and equipment for the treatment of joint reconstruction implants.
This installment of the Joint Reconstruction Series will compare the working principles and features of utilizing shot blasting and mass finishing technologies for endoprosthetic implants.
Continue reading Joint Reconstruction, Part 4 – Comparing Surface Finishing Methods
While choosing the right implant material is of utmost importance, as discussed in our previous Joint Reconstruction Series post, the significance of optimum surface treatment throughout the entire implant manufacturing process cannot be overstated.
This relates not only to the right surface finish
– be it a high-gloss polish for low friction, a textured surface for easy
osseointegration, or as preparation for subsequent coating, rounded edges, etc.
– but also total compliance with the specified tight dimensional tolerances. The
success of a joint implant is determined by the perfect match between the
various implant components. This depends, to a large extent, on the surface
With extensive experience in the medical industry, Rosler Metal Finishing is an expert in designing systems and solutions for the treatment of joint reconstruction implants utilizing shot blasting and mass finishing technologies.
Our Joint Reconstruction Series continues with an
overview of the stringent finishing standards for endoprosthetic implants.
Continue reading Joint Reconstruction, Part 3 – Surface Finishing Standards
Joint reconstruction implants allow millions of
individuals to regain mobility and reduce pain. Just as surgical skill is
required to implant these artificial joints, so is skillful construction and
finish of the joint components themselves.
A leader in surface finishing for medical technology, Rosler Metal Finishing has extensive experience in shot blasting and mass finishing a wide range of medical devices from instruments to implants used specifically for joint replacement.
Our Joint Reconstruction Series continues with an
overview of the most common materials used for these endoprosthetic implants.
The most common materials used for joint reconstruction implants are currently titanium and titanium alloys and cobalt-chromium alloys. Both materials are very tough, corrosion-resistant, highly biocompatible, and have proven themselves to be absolutely reliable.
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With more than $18 billion in annual worldwide
sales, implants for joint reconstruction make up nearly 40 percent of all
orthopedic product sales. More active lifestyles and increased life expectation
continue to contribute to the rapid growth of this market segment.
Thanks to significant advancements on the material side and enhanced surface finishing technologies, artificial hips and knees can last more than 20 years before they must be replaced. Rosler Metal Finishing’s shot blasting and mass finishing capabilities are examples of processes and equipment that have and continue to evolve to accommodate the demand for increased endoprosthetics which are also known as orthopedic joint reconstruction implants.
These techniques play a key role in intermediate processing steps including cleaning, deburring/edge radiusing, surface smoothing, and surface preparation for coatings after casting, forging, machining, CNC grinding as well as placing the final finish on the implants before they are inserted.
Continue reading Joint Reconstruction, Part 1 – Expertise for Endoprosthetics