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Engineering Minute – Diamond Coated Implants

Diamond Coating Improves 3D Printed Implants

Researchers at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia have developed a way to diamond coat 3D printed titanium objects for use as a scaffold in medical implants. Titanium is a popular material used in medical implants, but not all patients can tolerate it. Diamonds, however, are carbon based and carbon is extremely biocompatible. The diamond coating has been found to increase cell growth and enhance integration between living bone tissue and the implant. Additionally, since the diamonds used are synthetic and cost less than the titanium itself, this method is a cost effective solution for medical implant developers. Read more about this method at RMIT

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