Additive Manufacturing for Orthopedic Implants

Revolutionize medical implants and remove barriers to customizations. For the ready, we have a way to get there faster. To drive productivity and customization and improve safety and patient care. When you’re ready to deliver cost-efficient, patient-specific orthopedic implants using AM, the pioneers of full metal additive production are ready to help.


Added value for spinal implants

Already, leaders in orthopedics are going to market with metal additive implants and shaping the future of patient care. Download our white paper From Powder to Spinal Cage Production: Added Value for Spinal Implants through Additive Manufacturing, in which we share some insights into additive spinal cage production and its surface topography. 

Spinal Implants Sample parts

EBM for acetabular cups

Additive manufacturing (AM) replaces traditional coatings with 3D-printed lattice structures, which improve initial fixation and allow for faster fusion and bone in-growth. Lattice structures are designed for a clinically optimized pore size of 650 microns. Read how Amplify Additive is incorporating the technology into their processes.

Amplify Additive's Hip Cups

Scaling for growth

"Additive manufacturing allows us to make things with and for our customers that we could not previously make before. Using titanium powder, we can manufacture implants with complex geometries and porous structures to encourage bone growth. That complexity and innovation cannot be achieved using traditional techniques, such as milling."

– HENK JANSEN, Managing Director, FMI Instrumed

EBM machines

Achieving qualification

Scaling additive production requires qualification. In regulated industries, such as orthopedics and aerospace, rigor is even more important. Our additive experts have experience qualifying hardware in highly regulated markets and can help you reduce the learning curve so you can get your product to market faster. In the end, you will qualify the machine, the material, and the process. We follow industry-wide processes to establish robust and repeatable production outcomes.

Installation Qualification (IQ)
The purpose of the IQ protocol is to provide documented evidence that the machine is installed according to documented and pre-approved specifications.

Operational Qualification (OQ)
The purpose of OQ is to demonstrate that a system operates according to written pre-approved specifications throughout a specified operating range.

Performance Qualification (PQ)
The purpose of PQ is to demonstrate that the additive process, under anticipated manufacturing conditions, consistently produces product(s) that meet all engineering requirements.

General Electric


Wherever you are on the path to metal additive production, our team can help get you there faster. Leverage the knowledge and expertise of GE Additive's AddWorks team and shorten your learning curve with the adoption of additive technology. Our team offers workshops, application sprints and engineering and consulting services to fast-track your path to production.

AddWorks Design support

AP&C powders ideal for implants

We create certified, high-performing powders for the orthopedic industry, taking into account a variety of mechanical behavior design data and material science.

  • Highly spherical, low-porosities, minimal satellite content
  • Excellent flowability and packing density 
  • Wide range of PSDs available
  • ISO13485 certified
Close up of AP&C Powder

Machine Solutions

Arcam EBM Q10plus:

Optimized for serial production of orthopedic implants


Concept Laser Mlab Family:

Fast and efficient production of high surface quality parts — with minimal footprint.


Help improve orthopedic applications and drive cost savings
with proven metal additive solutions.

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Tomas Kellner
19 September 2019