Amplify Additive, Scarborough, Maine, USA, has expanded its orthopaedic Additive Manufacturing capacity with the addition of an EOS M290 Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) machine. The company now offers both laser and electron beam (PBF-EB) services, currently employing a GE Additive Arcam EBM Q10plus, and now the EOS M290, for orthopaedic solutions.
“The original vision for Amplify was to be technology-neutral with regards to leveraging Additive Manufacturing for the design and manufacturing of 3D printed titanium orthopaedic implants,” stated Brian McLaughlin, CEO and founder. “While we are firm believers that EBM [PBF-EB] technology is undoubtedly the best technology for specific applications within the orthopaedic market, to be a supplier who takes a solutions-based approach instead of a technology approach, it was inevitable that we would eventually have Laser Powder Bed Fusion here at Amplify.”
He continued, “One of the challenges in choosing which laser platform to use is that machine selection determines who you can potentially work with, given the current regulatory approach for Additive Manufacturing. EOS is by far the largest supplier with the most history in the US market when it comes to 3D printed titanium implants, and that made our choice easy.”
Customers often have uncertainty about how best to implement Additive Manufacturing, explains McLaughlin. “We’re able to use our expertise on both sides of the aisle, both clinical and engineering, to add value and offer organisations a solution to overcome those hurdles. We implicitly understand both sides of the conversation. The orthopaedic community is a beacon for using Additive Manufacturing to drive innovation, from the concept stage to the volume production of implants. Continued education about our process of Additive Manufacturing with EBM and Laser will only empower surgeons and engineers to push boundaries further in improving patient outcomes.”