Medical / Dental Case Studies

Intricate components and medical and dental equipment go hand-in-hand. Choosing powder metallurgy (PM) when dealing with these types of parts can lead to reduced costs, reduced material wastes, and occasionally produce components that would not be economically feasible using other manufacturing methods.

The precision of powder metallurgy in the medical and dental markets is outlined here using a collection of award-winning parts submitted to the Metal Powder Industries Federation's (MPIF) annual PM Design Excellence Awards competition in the Medical & Dental category.

Compression Frame

The compression frame is essential for holding and aligning the targeting drill guide during tarsometatarsal fusion.

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K-Mount for Surgical Camera

This award-winning component is for a K-mount used in a digital surgical camera. Previously...

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Planetary Gear System

In addition to the integrated pinion gear, the carrier includes three posts that extend above the flange with...

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The pusher is used in the ratcheting assembly for the consistent placement of high viscosity adhesives...

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Wedge Blank

The metal injection molding (MIM) wedge blank actuates the release of staples in an endoscopic staple gun. This component is designed to be the smallest...

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Distal Channel Retainer

This component is a 17-4 PH stainless steel distal channel retainer formed via the metal injection molding (MIM) process. The complex, multi-level part is the...

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Stapling Device Shuttle

This component is a stainless steel shuttle used in a "smart" stapling device for both open and minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery. It is part of a device...


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Pump Latch

The pump latch is used in an IV pump. In application, it latches...

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Tungsten Electrode

This metal injection molding (MIM) tungsten electrode is used in a surgical ablation device that uses high temperature for the removal of tissue. The use...

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Endoscopic Device Parts

This component is an endoscopic device parts—four stainless steel metal injection molded (MIM) components comprised of an articulation lock bar...

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Stainless Steel Shaft Assembly

This component is a metal injection molded (MIM) shaft assembly used in a novel surgical instrument for passing sutures through difficult-to-reach tissue...

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