Orthopaedic regenerative medicine requires the design of scaffolds and implants that replicate the biomechanical properties of bones. Porous implants, designed with bespoke mechanical performance using state-of-the-art of topology optimization and produced by additive manufacturing, are suitable candidates for repairing or replacing damaged bones.
Fully dense components built using selective laser melting exhibit mechanical properties equivalent or even better than those of parts produced by conventional manufacturing  . But building components using SLM sometimes requires external support structures. These support structures are necessary for a few reasons: they strengthen and fix the part to the building platform, they conduct excess heat away and they prevent warping or complete build failure.
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