Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) has been widely adopted for certain surgical procedures but not those that are complex. Manufacturers are seeking to design new devices that will allow open surgeries to be converted to minimally invasive procedures. These devices are highly complex, yet they need to be cost effective in low to moderate production volumes. A majority of device components are machined from stainless steel, ceramic, plastic, or glass and require secondary operations such as gluing, welding, or surface coating to assemble the device. These secondary operations place limitations on the size, complexity, and the material selection of MIS devices. Advances in micro molding technology and material science now make possible a range of cost-effective alternatives for components that are miniature, complex, and require high-precision tolerances. Micro molding technology can be utilized for both new and existing MIS devices, providing a solution to common hurdles now present in designing and manufacturing them. Micro molding technology will allow device designers and manufacturers the catalyst to innovate and create breakthrough products. Presented at the 2008 SME Micro/Nano Conference & Exhibits, April 22-23, 2008, Framingham (Boston), MA.
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