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DANmed/STERIS Deutschland GmbH
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JakuTec Medizintechnik GmbH & Co. KG
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Rudischhauser Surgical Instruments & Implants Manufacturing GmbH
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PAYER International Technologies GmbH
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Custom made surgical instruments

Custom made surgical instruments

The design process involved repeating the same steps multiple times, to produce fully functional and reproducible surgical sets. Each instrument was constructed using a 3D printer equipped with SLS Sinterstation HiQ technology. The process has numerous advantages, such as no increase in cost for increasing complexity, accelerated design-to-production times, and surgeon-specific modifications. However, the surgical instruments have only recently been commercialized. This project was the first of its kind in the United States.

During the development process, the researchers used simulated surgery sessions, in which the instruments were handled by participants in a non-surgical environment, and cadaveric inguinal hernia repairs. The results of the simulated surgeries helped them to make design changes that improved ergonomics and performance during the procedure. Table 1 shows the iterations that each instrument underwent. The design changes were driven by the feedback from attending surgeons and were influenced by their observations.

In order to develop a surgical instrument, the researchers used the SolidWorks CAD software. The surgical instrument designs were created with this program using DuraForm EX plastic powder. After the design process, the surgeons can easily view the 3D model by using a 3-D scanner. In addition, the cadaver models can be compared to a conventionally manufactured surgical instrument and are tested for their mechanical properties.

Hinged instruments also pose unique challenges. They require a delicate touch, excellent ergonomics, and exceptional structural strength. Three iterations later, the forceps were approved by a committee of surgeons and the resulting instrument was accepted by the group. The design is the result of more than two years of research and development, with more to come in the future. The process of 3D printing surgical instruments is currently being explored.

The manufacturing process is more advanced than before. A customized surgical instrument is manufactured according to the physician's specifications. These instruments are CE-marked and accredited to ISO 9001:2000. As a result, they are certified to meet the strict requirements of the Medical Devices Directive. Aside from being customized and adapted to the surgeon's preferences, they are also governed by a strict set of rules. A bespoke instrument can be made according to the physician's needs and can be used in a variety of applications.

The development process is a collaborative effort between surgeons and engineers. The team uses SLS technology to create the instruments, which is more advanced than traditional 2D versions. This type of fabrication process can also be used to create customized medical tools. Additionally, it can help patients and healthcare professionals save time and money. It is possible to print custom-designed surgical instruments for both humans and animals. For instance, 3D printed prosthetics can be more durable and can be more functional than traditional versions.

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