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Medical Machining
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Medical Machining refers to all of the CNC machining related to surgical implants, orthotic devices and medical instruments. Challenges include small-scale machining or micromachining, because implanted devices often consist of very tiny components, and machining titanium, a material often used in medical devices because of its non-reactivity with the body.  Efficient small-batch machining of complex parts is also important because new medical devices are developed quickly and refined through many iterations. Moreover, for implantable parts, shows must receive FDA approval of their machining processes. 

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Qualifying for Medical Work: Advice from a da Vinci Shop


 Swiss shop with heavy medical experience shares how to get and keep medical customers.

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See The Tool's Value Instead Of Its Cost


This company is embracing high-performance tooling on its turning centers. The "sticker shock" is no reason not to do this. In one case, though, the shop found a way to limit the cost of the tool and increase productivity at the same time.



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Five-Axis Machine Produces Medical Parts without Wasted Capabilities

By: Emily Probst
.decimal Inc. needed to efficiently manufacture medical devices. Mazak's VCU 400A 5X machines met the company's need to precisely and reliably make devices quickly.

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3D-Printed Metal Device Enables More Accurate Surgery

By: Stephanie Hendrixson
Additive manufacturing made it possible to cost-effectively produce a medical device to help surgeons in ACL repair and replacement surgery.

FDA Releases Draft Guidance for Additive Manufacturing of Medical Devices

By: Barbara Kanegsberg
Even if additive manufacturing and medical devices are not yet on your radar, this information may be useful in strategic planning for cleaning complex parts.

Multitasking Offers Medical Benefits

By: Derek Korn
This shop uses a bar-fed turn-mill with a B-axis milling spindle and custom workholding strategies to more competitively machine components complete for low-margin medical devices.

Medical/Dental Components

Process Control in the Medical Shop

By: Chris Felix
For this shop, successful delivery of medical and dental components is about proper process and machine tools that can handle the job.


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