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Rushford Nanotechnology Company Works To Make Orthopedic Implants Better


Rushford, Minn. (KTTC) A Nanotechnology business in Rushford has received a grant from the National institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.

Rushford Hypersonic is working on making orthopedic implants better, using Hypersonic Plasma Particle Deposition coating.

"It's a long name for a nano tech process that greatly controls how the coating is formed and applied," Kevin Klungtvedt, a spokes Person for Rushford Hypersonic.

The coating process does sound complicated.

Using Quantum Physics, gases are broken down to individual atoms at a high temperature, reassembled, cooled and sprayed on a surface at a velocity of around Mach 8.

"It has to do with the speed is so fast that rather than bounce off, it reforms on the surface," says Klungtvedt.

The coating process should greatly reduce corrosion which can cause infections in implant recipients.

Klungtvedt says the average hip replace hip replacement last's about 7 to 10 years, but with hypersonic's coating it could last forever.

He says "For instance my mother is on her third hip. Had this coating been on there originally, probably wouldn't of changed the first hip out."

Klungtvedt believes the coating for hip and knee replacements will do more than create a higher quality implant.

"So that reduces a lot of cost and also a lot of pain for the patient," he says.

The Small Business Innovation Research grant to Rushfod Hypersonic is for testing in one of three phases only.

Funding for the other two phases will be decided at a later date.

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