Biodegradable magnesium-calcium (Mg-Ca) implants have the ability to gradually dissolve and absorb into the human body after implantation. The critical issue that hinders the application of Mg-Ca implants is its poor corrosion resistance to human body fluids. A promising approach to tackle this issue is tailoring the surface integrity characteristics of the orthopedic implants to get an appropriate corrosion kinetic. High speed face milling of biodegradable Mg-Ca alloy is used in this study as a possible way to achieve that goal. Polycrystalline diamond inserts are used to avoid material adhesion and likely fire hazards. All the cutting tests are performed without using coolant to keep the manufacturing process ecological. High cutting speed of 40 m/s and 200 μm depth of cut are applied in a broad range of feed values to cover finish and rough cutting regimes. The effect of feed as a key machining parameter which defines the amount and duration of thermo-mechanical load and ultimately provides higher chances for surface integrity changes are investigated.

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