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Test, Measurement, Quality & Control

CT inspection advances 3D-printed medical implants

Ortho Baltic is the first manufacturer of patient-specific, temporomandibular joint endoprostheses in the Baltic states and one of only three in Europe.

The implants replace loss or lack of functionality of jaw movement. To underpin their production, the firm invested in 2012 in additive manufacturing (AM) technology and recently acquired CT inspection equipment from Nikon Metrology for quality control.

An ‘Xtreme’ Shop Floor Test

The remarkable sales success of Aberlink’s recently launched Xtreme Coordinate Measuring Machine has justified the company’s contention that industry needed a cost-effective, robust CMM that could provide accurate measurements at the point of manufacture.

Software Standardisation Increases Efficiency and Makes Inspection Easy

The metrology industry has seen incredible changes over recent years, both in terms of the supplier base and the types of measuring technology on offer.

There was a time when the metrology tool of choice was the traditional granite-based CMM, and for many organisations that is still the case. However, there are now many other types of disruptive technologies available, such as white-light scanning, red and blue lasers, portable arms, laser trackers, photogrammetry, … the list goes on, all making claims to be the “new standard” in metrology.

A Tasty Beer Requires A Smooth Finish

As even the smallest numbers of contaminants can multiply during the brewing process, ensuring that outstanding levels of hygiene are maintained is vital to the effective production of quality beer.

The avoidance of contaminants helps to guarantee the delivery of a high quality product and prevents the possibility of revenue losses through the production of a spoil batch.

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