REPEATABILITY AND PRECISION IN MEDICAL COMPONENTS
While nearly every aspect of modern life is now shaped in part by the benefits of CNC machining, it is in the field of medical implants that the benefits to the individual are perhaps most profoundly felt.
In the coming decade, it is estimated that the number of hip and knee implant operations performed in the United States will reach four million annually, up from just one million a decade ago. Performed successfully and with properly machined components, these orthopedic procedures can add many pain-free years to a patient’s life. Conversely, even the slightest deviation from the complex geometries and close tolerances required by these operations can result in failure.
Needless to say, in medical manufacturing, the highest degree of precision is not merely important–it is vital. This is what makes medical tooling a perfect fit for Knight Carbide.
MEDICAL COMPONENTS AND KNIGHT–A Perfect Fit
There are many challenges to machining the intricate forms with ultra-close tolerances required of orthopedic medical parts. These challenges are all compounded by the fact that, to be viable for use in the human body, the parts must be incredibly strong, durable, rigid and naturally resistant to corrosion and wear, all of which makes them even more difficult to machine.
Titanium, surgical-grade stainless steel and special alloys all fit the bill, and they are widely in use in millions of orthopedic implants around the world. At Knight Carbide, we operate comfortably within the complex geometries, tolerances and stringent specifications inherent to the machining of medical components.
Knight Carbide high-precision cutting tools are fabricated from tough, medical-grade carbide designed for tooling in notoriously challenging materials like those listed above.
CUTTING TOOLS THAT START SHARP AND STAY SHARP
Newly developed PVD coatings help maintain super sharp carbide cutting edges. They also contribute to a much longer and more predictable tool life. These inserts have become the new preference for extremely close-tolerance applications requiring milling and threading of titanium components, such as orthopedic screws.
Consider all the factors that go into designing a cutting tool, from piece material and edge geometry to coating options, coolants, chip control and so on. Determining the optimal configuration of the best tool for a job while keeping the cost per part as low as possible is a job unto itself. Fortunately, it is our job.
At Knight Carbide, your medical tooling needs are in the hands of a dedicated customer service team and accomplished, professional machinists, all laser focused on finding the optimal solution for you.