Penn State researchers have developed the first powder injection molding process for pure niobium, a biocompatible material similar to platinum and titanium but cheaper.
The researchers, who are based in the Universitys Center for Innovative Sintered Products, say the new process could open the door to injection-molded niobium parts ranging from rocket nozzles, to wires, to human bone replacements, to orthodontic braces.
Gaurav Aggarwal, doctoral candidate in engineering science and mechanics, will present the teams work in a paper, Development of Niobium Powder Injection Molding, at the International Symposium on Tantalum and Niobium in Pattaya, Thailand, Oct. 17. His co-authors are Seong J. Park, research associate in engineering science and mechanics, and Dr. Ivi Smid, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics, who is Aggarwals thesis adviser.
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