The orthopedic implant industry is adopting Nitinol, a shape memory alloy, for bone fixturing devices as a replacement to stainless steel or titanium. Nitinol’s superelastic properties maintain pressure on a bone fracture site throughout the healing process – improving recovery times and quality of the fracture site. However conventional machining technologies suffer from high tool wear or slow speed.
By using Pulsed Electrochemical Machining (PECM), Voxel is able to form 3D shapes with superfinished surfaces in non-traditional materials like Nitinol, helping to enable new orthopedic product designs.
No tool wear for challenging material, enable new geometries that were uneconomic previously