Selective Laser Sintering of Bioceramic Materials for Implants
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Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) process is employed for fabrication of biocerarnics for orthopedic implants. Hydroxyapatite and Calcium Phosphate ceramics are coated with polymer as a intermediate binder by using a spray drier. Polymer coated materials are SLS processed to make green parts, which are infiltrated and fired to remove the polymer. SLS processed green parts of hydroxyapatite have low density due to the small particle size with large specific surface area. This paper discusses the possibilities and problems in free-form fabrication of bioceramic.