CNC Machines For Medical Device Manufacturing UK
When it comes to producing complex components and machining medical parts, very few industry sectors meet the strict regulatory demands of the medical device manufacturing industry. Encompassing everything from reconstructive devices, implants, arthroscopy, orthobiologics, hip, knee and joint replacements; through to surgical instruments, diagnostic apparatus, cardiovascular devices, diabetes devices, dental instruments and technologies, the medical manufacturing industry continues to grow at an unbelievable pace.
With an ever-increasing population that is living longer than ever before, the use of CNC machines for medical manufacturing continues to expand to meet rising demands for prosthetics, implants, and other aids. Furthermore, with advancing medical manufacturing technology, there is no longer a ‘one size fits all’ approach machining medical parts. The industry now utilises innovative CNC machining for medical manufacturing, available from ETG. We provide leading solutions for the medical industry, and can meet the demands of any medical device manufacturer in the UK.
the CHIRON Group is known as a provider of productive, high-quality machining for medical device manufacturing. If you are looking to meet tolerances of just a few microns with impeccable surface finishes, CHIRON range can meet these high-performance requirements within a compact work envelope. The company considers ‘each component as a masterpiece’, and hold this outlook as the key to effortlessly manufacturing medical devices. Whether producing complex medical instruments, devices, bone plates, prostheses or implants; CHIRON’s precision machining centres and engineered solutions are depended upon by medical device manufacturers in UK and worldwide. When requirements demand shortened production times and exceptional surface quality, as well as a reduction of dedicated resources and machinery footprint; the skilled team of specialists develop the optimal process with accuracy and efficiency.
Medical Manufacturing CNC Machines From Chiron
CHIRON also has a Medical & Precision Technology Centre in Tuttlingen, Germany – and this is your centre for medical precision. It is where you can receive a precise analysis of your requirements, for an exact procedure, step-by-step, with every benefit from test machining operations, clamping equipment and tool tests, to a material behaviour tests. Your ideal medical machining solution, perfect to the last detail, is swiftly defined for you, so that you can start manufacturing medical devices safely and quickly. The CHIRON Medical & Precision Technology Centre not only specialises in high-precision medical machining but also serves as a constant resource for medical manufacturing expertise. Through process development, refinement, and continuous in-house collaboration with medical technology leaders; experienced CHIRON engineers and technicians provide each customer with an unrivalled solution to meet their medical device production requirements.
From a machine perspective, the CHIRON FZ08, DZ08 and the 12 Series of CNC machines are perfect for dental equipment manufacturing. The required precision for instruments and hand tools (such as drills) can only be achieved by incorporating the finest details into the manufacturing process. With six-sided complete machining from bar, CHIRON and ETG provide customers with the ultimate production platform, flexibly engineered to incorporate your highly-sophisticated designs.
In the field of implantology, 5-axis dental components can be machined completely and quickly from round blanks, or abutments from the bar – fully automated depending on your individual needs. Whether titanium or CoCr alloys, green, white, or hard ceramic; CHIRON can provide a proven, reliable solution to meet your production goals.
The machines are quick to set up, easy to operate, very stable, highly dynamic, and low maintenance. Having a modular design makes it possible to configure each basic machine to an individual solution, that is perfectly tailored to your medical manufacturing needs. Available with single or double spindles for 5-axis simultaneous medical machining, the CHIRON line-up is perfect as a mill/turn centre for multi-functional production.
Both the CHIRON 08 and 12 Series can be commonly found among medical OEM manufacturers and their respective supply chains; manufacturing medical components such as titanium shoulder implants, fragment plates for spinal columns, spinal implants, spinal distractors, knee inlays, bone plates, scissor parts, knee prosthetics, knee joints, bone punches, and countless other components. Medical implants require exceptionally high-quality surface finishes, and tight tolerances on complex geometry forms with no burrs or defects – it is here that CHIRON excels as a medical device manufacturer.
Part of the CHIRON Group since August 2020, this range of small machining centres is perfect for the manufacturer of medical micro components. These machines are fast, extremely precise, and can be automated into a scalable production platform. The highlight of the range is the Micro5 milling machine; together with the Feed5 handling system for automated loading and unloading, a microscopic ecosystem is created where your practical and environmentally-friendly solution for processing delicate workpieces at high speed can be realised.
As a world leader in the field of multi-tasking mill/turning CNC machines for the medical industry, Nakamura-Tome CNC machining centres are applied worldwide in this safety-critical industry. Nakamura turning centres are widely used in medical device manufacturing in the UK and worldwide, as the solution of choice for producing small prosthetic components, hip shells, and bone screws. A robust machining platform from Nakamura-Tome is essential for delivering unparalleled surface finishes and precision levels.
In recent years, more and more large medical companies and their suppliers have shifted part production from conventional machining, to EDM machining for the medical industry. Compared to other machining processes, EDM offers a variety of advantages when cutting complex medical components including surgical tools and implants. Just a few areas where EDM consistently outperforms conventional machining are surface cleanliness, tight tolerances, small part production (below 10mm), sharp inside corners, no burrs, no deformation, and the facility to produce small holes or openings. All of these attributes make the Mitsubishi EDM range of machines perfect for any medical device or implant manufacturer.
Wire EDM Machines from Mitsubishi EDM
The ability to produce sharp inside corners on components such as bone saw guides, is where wire EDM for medical manufacturing scores highly. In many instances, surgical tools require a clean surface, and accurate table angles with small radiuses in corners – it is here where the Mitsubishi EDM prevails over other medical machining technologies. From a cost-saving perspective, medical implants like spinal implants, trauma implants, micro-implants, and dental implants are often made from expensive alloys. The wire EDM process cuts only the shape desired out of a block of material, saving the rest of the material for other parts. Furthermore, commonly used titanium alloys can be flammable if milled or ground. The wire EDM process, which occurs fully under-water, prevents this fire hazard altogether which can result in significant cost savings. Of course, the application of Mitsubishi EDM machines in medical manufacturing processes is well recognised in the medical industry.
When it comes to high-speed precision CNC machining for medical manufacturing, there are very few brands that can achieve the levels of quality available from OPS Ingersoll. The EDM and HSM solutions from OPS Ingersoll set the standard that others follow in the medical industry.
For multiple cavity machining with graphite and copper. The Eagle series of EDM machines incorporates the Competition, Precision and Gantry ranges can take your EDM machining to a new level. The EDM die sinkers have been successful for years in the medical device manufacturing sector, and the latest fine-finishing generator demonstrates an excellent price-performance ratio that is now available to a larger group of customers. The quality, speed and precision have made this line of EDM solutions the first choice for machining medical parts for the medical and dentistry sectors.
CNC Machine Tools from Ops Ingersoll
For high-speed machining, the Eagle V5 and V9 machining centres have taken the medical and dental industries by storm. Epitomised as the ‘go-to’ machines for highly dynamic precision milling, the Eagle Series of 3 and 5-axis machining centres offer high-speed spindles from 18,000 to 42,000rpm, robust machine construction and features such as precision spindle compensation, position and geometric compensation and automatic temperature drift control that all combine to provide 5-axis simultaneous machining with a precision of less than 10µm. OPS Ingersoll industry-leading CNC machines guarantee speed, precision and absolute accuracy when it comes to manufacturing medical devices. With an endless range of automation options, unprecedented precision levels, quality, subsequent surface finishes, and productivity levels that lead this class of ‘high-end’ machine tools; OPS Ingersoll is a household name among medical and dental OEM manufacturers and their respective supply chains.
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If you are a medical device manufacturer, or are involved in medical part manufacturing in the UK, ETG’s principals will have a solution for your component manufacture. Please call 01926 818 418 to find out more or contact us via email.