Selective laser melting of magnesium for future applications in the medicine

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

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In recent years, researchers have focused on the development of degradable implants. Magnesium is considered to be a potential implant material for biodegradable orthopaedic applications because of its inherent beneficial properties including superior biocompatibility, biodegrability and proper mechanical properties. Selective Laser Melting (SLM) is a laser aided layer by layer technique which enables the quick fabrication of solid metallic parts virtually of any geometry, based on a computer design. This paper focuses on the SLM of pure magnesium powders using a Nd:YAG laser under different processing conditions. The results show that magnesium parts are successfully fabricated, which indicates opportunity for magnesium orthopaedic implants to be achieved through SLM technique.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2010 International Conference on Manufacturing Automation, ICMA 2010
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010
Event6th International Conference on Manufacturing Automation, ICMA 2010 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 13 Dec 201015 Dec 2010


Conference6th International Conference on Manufacturing Automation, ICMA 2010
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong


  • Computer-aided engineering
  • Magnesium
  • Rapid manufacturing
  • Selective laser melting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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