European Orthopaedics and Traumatology

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 103–109

Porous metallic structures for orthopaedic applications: a short review of materials and technologies

Authors

    • Chemical Science and Technology DepartmentUniversity of Udine
  • L. Fedrizzi
    • Chemical Science and Technology DepartmentUniversity of Udine
  • L. Zagra
    • Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12570-010-0020-z

Cite this article as:
Marin, E., Fedrizzi, L. & Zagra, L. Eur Orthop Traumatol (2010) 1: 103. doi:10.1007/s12570-010-0020-z

Abstract

Introduction

Porous structures already have a wide range of applications in almost every modern sector of science, from catalysis to structural applications. Due to the possibility to easily tailor porosity and mechanical properties, porous structures also found application in the orthopaedic field, in particular to improve osteointegration properties of implants.

Discussion

Different techniques were developed or adapted to obtain a good combination of mechanical strength, pore dimensions and Young’s modulus, without neglecting biocompatibility and corrosion resistance. The aim of this work is to summarise and compare the most important characteristics of the technologies currently used for the production of commercial orthopaedic porous structures.

Keywords

Porous metallic structuresOrthopaedic implantsTrabecularMetallic foamOsteointegration

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