Most implantable and non-implantable medical device materials used to manufacture orthopedic components are made from non-ferromagnetic materials. These materials ensure safety for patients undergoing a medical procedure, and specific guidelines are implemented on a case by case basis when performing such orthopedic implants.
Only a select number of metals, polymers and ceramics dominate the orthopedic medical device market. The most common biomaterials are Ti and Ti alloys, Co-Cr-Mo alloys, stainless steel alloys, ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene, Polymethylmethacrylate, alumina and zirconia.
Metals provide many advantages, such as corrosion resistance, strength, long fatigue life, fracture toughness and biocompatibility. Polymers help to cement material between bones and implant surfaces, while alumina and zirconia are extremely resistant to oxidation and resistant to wear.
Laser Processing Capabilities for Medical Components
As an ISO 13485 & ISO 9001 certified company, Laserage provides laser welding capabilities for metal implant materials (Titanium, SS, Nitinol, etc.). Laserage offers precision laser cutting services of all types of metal as well as polymers implant materials for the orthopedic industry. Additional capabilities for surface finishing include electro-polishing and micro-blasting for metal implant materials.
Over the years, Laserage has worked on a wide range of medical devices for various orthopedic projects, including:
- Surgical Instrument welding
- Reamer tubular flex shaft cutting
- Complex bone screw welding
- Cannulated bone screw cutting
- Patella & Hip reamer drive interface cutting
- Hip reamer assembly welding
- Implant passivation & electro-polishing
- Bone scrapper cutting
- Bone saw metal cutting both tubular & flat components
- Vertebral spacer cutting
- Vertebral stiffener cutting
- Structural spinal implant cutting
Here at Laserage, we are fully capable of producing quality medical components in our two state-of-the art laser welding facilities, located in the Midwest in Waukegan, IL and the West Coast in Milpitas, CA. Both facilities offer value added laser marking management as well.
Contact us to learn more about our expert laser capabilities, and be sure to send in drawings or specifications in order to help us assist you with your next project.