Orthopaedic Design and Manufacturing

  • The MDT Five-Minute Interview
    THE INTERVIEW If I wasn’t talking to you right now, what would you be doing? A typical day would involve working with my team of engineers to refine the innovative designs that they have produced, or reviewing test data from a design v...
    (January, 2008)
  • Materials Database Incorporates Orthopaedic Devices
    INDUSTRY NEWS Early last year, ASM International (Materials Park, OH, USA) and Granta Design (Cambridge, UK) introduced a comprehensive, cross-referenced materials database supporting medical device design. The initial release was limited...
    (January, 2008)
  • The Natural Pace of Healing
    Injuries are often seen as unfortunate, inconvenient events, the recovery from which, for economic and social reasons, should be accelerated. However, nature is adept at repairing many injured tissues and we should refrain from unnecessary and illogical attempts to interfere with natural processes.
    (October, 2007)
  • Recently published literature and CD-ROMs
      MIXED MEDIA   Tape and label dispensers All of the families of electronic tape and label dispensers that a specialist company manufactures are presented in a 2007 product catalogue that includes 25 new offer­ings. The full-lin...
    (September, 2007)
  • Sandvik Acquires Orthopaedic Firm
    INDUSTRY NEWS Sandvik Materials Technology AB (Sandviken, Sweden), an international manufacturer of alloys for medical and dental applications, has announced that it has acquired Doncasters Medical Technologies (DMT), a UK supplier of orthopaedic implants and instruments. The firm...
    (September, 2007)
  • Recent Developments in Materials, Equipment, and Services for Med-Tech Machining
    Builders of machining equipment explain how their systems can help medical device manufacturers fabricate the orthopaedic products of today and tomorrow.
    (May, 2007)
  • PLM System Puts Spinal Implant Firm on Straight Track to Success
    Information infrastructure improves productivity while laying foundation for future growth
    (May, 2007)
  • Orthopaedics Machining
    The machining issues involved in successful manufacturing of orthopaedic implants are examined together with some of the latest machining techniques being employed.
    (May, 2007)
  • New Developments in Bioceramic Implant Materials
    Bioceramics continue to be vital for bone repair and uncemented implant fixation. Recent advances in bioceramics, including coating techniques and degradable composites, are reviewed here together with the improved properties they offer.
    (May, 2007)
  • Orthopaedic Instrument Market Surges
    Processing equipment is often the forgotten part of adhesives application. Yet the right equipment can improve efficiency and reduce costs for medical device manufacturers. The factors to consider are outlined.
    (May, 2007)
  • Teleflex Medical OEM Expands Irish Plant
    INDUSTRY NEWS To meet current production needs and to add some elbow room for new product development, Teleflex Medical OEM has spent US$500,000 to expand its facility in Annacotty, Co. Limerick, Ireland. The initiative is described as the first installment in a long-term strategy ...
    (May, 2007)
  • Orthopaedics
    A new generation of ceramic materials is grabbing a growing share of the European orthopaedic market
    (November, 2006)
  • Noncontact Form Measurement of Medical Implants
    Form measurement is an increasingly critical characteristic for medical implants. The techniques available for doing this are outlined together with some of the latest developments in this area, including noncontact form measurement.
    (October, 2006)
  • Thread-whirling attachment for subspindle reportedly is industry first
    Originally Published EMDM November 2005 EQUIPMENT NEWS Equipment dedicated to screw-threading operations is rendered unnecessary by thread-whirling attachments that can be installed on turning centres and used to achieve burr-free threads on orthopaedic and den...
    (November, 2005)
  • Experts predict steady growth for this industry segment as advances in materials and surgical procedures improve patient outcomes.
    Originally Published EMDM May/June 2005 Market Watch Orthopaedic Products Experts predict steady growth for this industry segment as advances in materials and surgical procedures improve patient outcomes. Norbert Sparrow Did you know that we are in the fifth year of...
    (May, 2005)
  • Wrist-Fixation Device Gets Extreme Makeover
    Originally Published EMDM January/February 2005 Engineering Insight A lightweight, radiolucent polycarbonate is credited with enabling a design breakthrough Norbert Sparrow A polycarbonate resin from GE Advanced Materials helps to bring wrist-fixation ...
    (January, 2005)
  • Researchers Expand Biomaterials-Related Body of Knowledge
    Originally Published EMDM September 2003 Special Report A less-permeable alternative to silicone rubber and a high-strength bioceramic for hip implants are among current developments. Norbert Sparrow A high-strength bioceramic developed by Metoxit AG c...
    (September, 2004)
  • Materials Supplier Enters Braided Catheter Market
    Originally Published EMDM March/April 2004 INDUSTRY NEWS Fine-diameter specialty wire can be manufactured in thicknesses down to 0.00075 in. The braiding process enhances kink and pressure resistance and offers control and maximization of torque. A recent investment in improved manufact...
    (March, 2004)
  • CAM System Slashes CNC Programming Time
    Originally Published EMDM May 2003 ENGINEERING INSIGHT A fabricator of implant components reports an 80% productivity gain Using DP Technology’s Esprit CAM system, U. Klein GmbH was able to reduce CNC programming time for the machining of a complex implantable part from one week...
    (May, 2003)
  • Surgical Equipment, Instruments, and Supplies
    Originally Published EMDM May/June 2002 SPECIAL REPORT Thermal Cautery Unit Model 150 A surgical device coagulates small bleeders during outpatient procedures The Geiger Thermal Cautery Unit (TCU) is a surgical device designed to coagulate small bleeders and to destroy lesions by ...
    (May, 2002)
  • Research Centre Links Engineers and Life Scientists
    Originally Published EMDM January/February 2002 INDUSTRY NEWS Peter McHugh, a research director at the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science in Galway, examines a biomodel of a human skull segment created on the centre's rapid prototyping machine. Established as an inter...
    (January, 2002)
  • Laser Deposition Technique Creates Thin Coatings on Implants
    SURFACE TREATMENT Hip and knee implants are expected to benefit from a company's coating of hydroxylapatite applied via pulsed laser deposition. Introduced in February at the Micro and Nano Technologies in the Life Sciences conference in Zürich, Switzerland, a company's technique ...
    (May, 2001)
  • State-of-the-Art Prosthetic Leg Incorporates Magneto-Rheological Technology
    Many of the innovations developed in the medical device industry find applications in other industries as well. Likewise, technology developed elsewhere, even for the most seemingly unrelated applications, often finds use in medical devices. When Biedermann Motech (Schwennigen, Germany), a manuf...
    (May, 2001)
  • Robots Take Up Residency in the OR
    Industrial robots that conform to Class 1 cleanroom requirements are the core components of an automated cell that mills patients' femurs to prepare them for the insertion of hip prostheses. Orto Maquet (Rastatt, Germany), a manufacturer of operating tables that has marketed the cell thus far in...
    (March, 2001)