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Oerlikon AM is a leading manufacturer of orthopedic surgical implants and medical instruments. We offer end-to-end contract manufacturing using conventional or additive manufacturing methods. Our focus is on knee, shoulder, hip, ankle, spine and trauma implants, as well as for the veterinary implant market.

Our medical products team has a unique set of skills and processes aimed at serving the needs of orthopedic and spine implant companies. We provide a range of capabilities from manufacturing process development and design for manufacturing support, to production, finishing and quality testing.

We simplify our customers’ supply chains. While offering conventional manufacturing capabilities with metal and medical grade plastic machining expertise, we also provide additive manufacturing capabilities. We are unique in the industry in that we provide laser and electron beam powder bed fusion options in metal additive manufacturing.

Quality and Certifications

Oerlikon is committed to providing high quality products delivered on time. Our production site in Shelton, Connecticut, is FDA registered and ISO 13485 certified to provide contract additive manufacturing, precision machining and device assembly services to the medical industry.

Why choose Oerlikon AM as your partner?

Why choose Oerlikon AM as your partner?

The Oerlikon AM team includes specialists with deep expertise in manufacturing for the medical industry.

With them we provide:

  • An intense focus on delivering high quality products that meet or exceed customer requirements
  • Design for AM (DFAM) support for customized or complex standard implants; surface treatment methods including finishing, and cleaning
  • The knowledge, expertise and technology required -- under one roof to meet the challenge of single source manufacturing; with this, we can better maintain logistical oversight for component manufacturing
  • Expertise in materials – from metal alloys to medical grade plastics
  • R&D facilities – helping enable future medical solutions

Our capabilities include:

  • Additive Manufacturing (Laser and Electron Beam)
  • CNC Milling
  • CNC Turning
  • Swiss Turning
  • Wire EDM
  • Manual Milling and Assembly
  • Deburring and Polishing
  • Heat Treatment
  • Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP)
  • Ultrasonic Cleaning
  • Passivation
  • Anodizing
  • TiN coating
  • Laser Marking
  • Inspection

Contact us to learn more about our advanced manufacturing solutions for the medical industry.

Metal and plastic machining and finishing

Metal and plastic machining and finishing

For CNC machined metals and plastics, we operate over 45 high-speed, validated machining centers.

For plastics we produce best-in-market finishes for implant and trial articulating surfaces. Decades of experience using these machines has given us specialized tooling and machine configurations geared to producing high quality components. These machines are dedicated only to metal or plastics machining.

Available Metals:

  • Titanium
  • Cobalt Chrome
  • Stainless Steel

Available Plastics:

  • UHMWPE, XLPE, E Plus
  • PEEK
  • Radel
  • Ultem
  • Celcon


Metal additive manufacturing

Our global engineering team has extensive experience in laser and electron beam powder bed fusion and can help customers select the best process for each product. The team oversees the production process to ensure quality standards are being met. 

Electron Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-EB)

We have six Arcam Q10 and Q10plus machines dedicated to production of titanium implants for human and veterinary use.  Applications for this technology range from complex large joints such as hip shells and augments with integrated trabecular structures to a limited number of patient-specific implants.  Our years of experience, process data and deep understanding of this process draw our customers back year after year.

Laser Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB)

We have four 3D Systems laser powder bed fusion machines dedicated to titanium implant production.  This technology enables the creation of products with different characteristics, for instance interbody spine cages whose complex porous structures have smaller, finer features.  Within the Shelton team and across the global Oerlikon AM team, we have a vast amount of experience in producing components using laser powder bed fusion.  Parts printed from titanium, as well as cobalt chromium and stainless steel, can be provided fully finished and cleaned or as printed blanks to suit the needs of the customer.


We have experience manufacturing a broad range of joint replacement and spinal implants as well as medical instruments.


Hip Femoral stems, acetabular shells and liners, augments, trials
Knee Femoral components, tibia trays and inserts, patellas, stem extensions, trials
Extremity Humeral and glenoid components, talars, distal tibias, wedges, elbows, metatarsals and metacarpals 
Spine Cages, i.e. XLIF, ALIF, PLIF, TLIF,ACIF, SI joint
Veterinary Acetabular shells, femoral stems

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