CNC (computer numerical control) machining is a key service within the medical industry offering a versatile automated machining solution that fits the demands of medical regulations.
The process is one used across a variety of industries and can be tailored to automate tools from drills and lathes to grinders, routers and 3D printers. Thanks to significant compatibility and specialisation with the medical industry, our experts can harness the potential of CNC machining in manufacturing medical devices ands parts.
What is CNC medical device machining?
CNC machining is a process which uses CAD design and other tools to manufacture parts via an automated program. These machines follow a bespoke programme and require no manual input. Instead, the programme, once set up, instructs where and how to cut pieces from a blank sheet (be it metal, plastic, or otherwise).
This process allows for far greater accuracy as machines can work to millimetre-perfect projects without the concern of human error. Additionally, it reduces production time and allows for a continuous production cycle that would otherwise be effected by various chains in a manual process.
The Importance of the CNC process in medical device development
The benefits mentioned above are critical to medical device development. Medical devices have no room for error and using CNC machining ensures that all parts are made to the same exacting standards.
This extends to small parts or complex pieces as computerised programmes can process advanced designs on multiple axes as well as pieces that are too small to handle. This is especially relevant in drug delivery systems and other medical devices that require intricate systems to ensure a steady and accurate resale.
Along with individual parts, the CNC medical machining process can piece together complicated designs which are often found in specialist medical devices (such as inhalers) further ensuring your product meets the rigorous demands of the medical industry.
Applications for CNC medical device machining
With this in mind, it’s clear to see the potential applications for CNC medical device machining. The fast, seamless production cycle and tight tolerances make this process perfect for Class I and Class II medical devices inlucluding:
- Drug delivery devices
- Testing equipment
- Surgical instruments
- Individual components
This list is by no means exhaustive. If you’re interested in whether or not CNC machining is right for your project please contact us today. Ideal for large and small-scale projects, Europlaz is perfectly placed to offer you a complete, bespoke medical device manufacturing service.
Materials used in the medical device industry
The materials, as well as the applications, are varied when it comes to CNC machining. This process often involves sheets of material that are cut to shape and fitted together. As such this system can process a wide variety of materials including:
- Metals – aluminium, stainless steel, copper etc.
- Plastics – PTFE, acrylics, polypropylene, polycarbonate etc
Metals and plastics are ideal for the medical industry as they can be reliably shaped and cut, and offer a natural level of production when it comes to sterilisation and cleanliness. These materials are also easy to produce and incredibly durable, making them an obvious choice for any medical device project.
Work with Europlaz on your next CNC machined medical device
At Europlaz, we have decades of experience designing, developing, and manufacturing medical devices. Our process, from 3D design through to production and packaging, is designed to streamline costs and improve efficiency while ensuring a high level of quality.
We use CNC machining in our rapid prototyping process to maintain high standards, reduce the risk of human error, and standardise production across the entire process. We do this through:
- Stereolithography, SLA & SLS
- High-speed CNC machining
- Vacuum casting (polyurethane)
- Vacuum forming
- Prototype mould tool design, aluminium or steel
We can also assist with polymer selection and mould flow analysis to further ensure the success of your project and provide customers with a product they can trust.
If you’re interested in finding out more about our process, or how we can support your next project, take a look at our corporate brochure or contact us today. Our UK-based ISO 13485 certified and FDA compliant facility means that we have complete control of the process, all under one roof.
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