Electrochemical Machining of Orthopaedic Components
This paper gives details of a successful application of electrochemical machining to the production of orthopaedic components. The paper outlines the problems of chip machining the material, an alloy of cobalt-chromium, and the success achieved with electrochemical machining. The machining of 4 components is discussed. The discussion covers the problems of handling the complex shapes involved, reference to tool design philosophy, and the machining time comparisons. Due to the success achieved with the process, the manufacturers have now adopted electrochemical machining as part of their normal manufacturing activity and are currently in the process of extending the application to many more components.
KeywordsFatigue Life Surface Finish Fatigue Limit Electrochemical Machine Fixture Design
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