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Materials, Volume 12, Issue 3 (February-1 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Corrosion affects the functionality and durability of metallic implants and is a prime factor [...] Read more. Corrosion affects the functionality and durability of metallic implants and is a prime factor governing biocompatibility. This article reviews the body environment, the major metallic biomaterials used and their passivity, implant failure, corrosion processes, in vivo and approaches to mitigating them. This figure shows a customized distal fibula implant with a lateral plate manufactured from Ti6Al4V using 3D printing (courtesy of the Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Synergy3Dmed and 3D-Biotec), the wear and pitting of a stainless steel neck component of an isoelastic hip implant, and a corresponding potentiodynamic polarization curve (documented at the Biomaterials and Corrosion Lab of Tel-Aviv University). View this paper.