Layer manufacturing of magnesium and its alloy structures for future applications

C. C. Ng, M. M. Savalani, Hau Chung Man, I. Gibson

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This research aims to develop a rapid layer manufacturing technique to provide magnesium bone substitute for future applications in the medical fields. Selective laser melting (SLM), which is a laser based additive layer manufacturing technique and capable of producing required geometries directly from CAD data, is selected to build magnesium structures. Magnesium has several intrinsic properties including its excellent biocompat-ibility, biodegradable, bioresorbabiltity and proper mechanical properties which would make it suitable for orthopaedic applications. This paper will discuss the status quo of this material and its future implications. A miniature SLM system was built to achieve better control of the atmospheric conditions in which the magnesium would melt. The results revealed that the SLM is a promising technique to fabricate magnesium substitute for various orthopaedic applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-19
Number of pages7
JournalVirtual and Physical Prototyping
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2010


  • Applications
  • Layer manufacturing
  • Magnesium
  • Magnesium alloy structures
  • Selective laser melting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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