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In recent years, Crucible Compaction Metals Operation has performed a considerable amount of work in developing a ceramic mold process for the production of near-net shape hardware from powder metal with consolidation by hot isostatic pressing (HIP). A detailed description of the process is given herein. Examples of the many configurations made to date are presented along with the comparison of mechanical property data obtained on as-HIPed parts versus conventionally produced material.
Based on the information generated, the ceramic mold process appears to be a viable alternative process for producing titanium implant devices.
ceramics, compacting, metal powder, powder, powder metal, powder metal parts, powder metallurgy, titanium alloy, implant materials
Senior research engineer, Crucible Research Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Manager of technology, Crucible Compaction Metals Operation, Oakdale, Pa.