Tantalum (Ta) metal has the potential to revolutionize next-generation materials for orthopedic applications. In vivo and in vitro studies have shown that extraordinary unalloyed material properties include biocompatibility, corrosion resistance, osseointegration and high ductility. With greater bio-integration and lower risk of toxicity, Ta devices have the reported advantages of preventing bone resorption and reducing stress shielding and subsequent implant loosening. Croom Medical and Global Advanced Metals (GAM) have partnered to establish a new Ta-based medical device manufacturing capability. Our partnership has facilitated the creation of unique structures and devices with promising performance results. This presentation will review and summarize the results of the demonstration device designs alongside initial testing data from the manufactured Ta parts produced from GAM’s high-purity powders.
Speaker: Shane Keaveney, R&D Manager, Croom Medical