Medical

Due to the nature of the medical industry, it’s incredibly important that any products, tools, and equipment are designed with the highest quality of care, safety and precision to deliver clean cuts, smooth surfaces, hermetic joining and micro-welding; all qualities that are found in many medical devices.

Particularly important attributes of our fiber lasers in the medical industry are additive manufacturing, cleaning and marking, we go onto discuss our applications below.

Medical and health industry applications and uses

Additive manufacturing is an important laser function in the medical industry, the ability to rapidly 3D print, parts and shapes in various materials is invaluable. Rapid prototyping, in particular, is already heavily adopted. This enables prototype designs to be created quickly for user trials, R&D and training purposes. Prototyping can also be used to create patient-specific parts (e.g. prosthetics and dental products).

Marking/engraving is a popular application and in the medical industry, this can be on a range of materials such as glass, metal and plastic in particular. Deep marks (i.e. engravings), as well as surface-level marks, can both be fulfilled with a fiber laser. Marks such as serial numbers, part numbers, expiry dates, patient information, etc. can all easily be made on tools, parts and other items.

Marking of QR codes with a laser from SPI, QR codes are frequently used in medical settings

Welding is another popular application, particularly for medical tools and devices. Smooth seams are required, which are sterile and often hermetically sealed. Some devices are implantable (e.g. pacemakers), so the non-contact aspects of fiber lasers are perfect!

Laser cutting is used in many ways, a popular use is in the micro-cutting of stents, which are used in blood vessel surgery. Needle cutting is another example of an application.

The medical industry and SPI Lasers

Fiber lasers are a perfect solution for the medical industry, offering a much higher level of reliability and efficiency than more conventional methods.

In an often-cost-conscious environment, it is reassuring for governmental healthcare agencies and health organisations to know that an investment in SPI fiber lasers is an investment in versatility. Government health agencies, hospitals and health organisations can buy a fiber laser equipped machine and enjoy top-quality ablation, 3D printing, cleaning, cutting, engraving, drillingmarking and welding services. Contact us to investigate what SPI Lasers can do for your medical organisation.

To learn more about the medical industry and how fiber lasers are making a difference, why not click on some of our postcards and applications insights below?

 

Figure 1 showing various RP structures Picture courtesy of MCP HEK

What are the Medical Applications of Rapid Prototyping?

Application Insight
Posted on 15/02/2019

The Medical industry has been transformed by the advent of rapid prototyping and 3D printing. These have opened the industry to new applications we briefly discuss in this... read more >

The engraving process plays an important role in the medical industry

Laser Engraving in the Medical Industry

Application Insight
Posted on 11/10/2018

Although the majority of us will be most familiar with the healthcare that we receive from the medical sector, there is a huge industry operating behind this with many competing businesses. The manufacturing of medical equipment and pharmaceuticals... read more >

Case Study

Medical Tool and Device Welding

Posted on 27/11/2015

A range of alloys are used in the manufacture of medical tools and devices. All must be joined with smooth welds that can be sterilised. Lasers are a non-contact process and offer many advantages:Low heat input: The weld energy is... read more >

Case Study

Medical Device and Tool Marking

Posted on 26/11/2015

Traceability is a key requirement in the medical sector. Every product should be individually identifiable if recalled. Medical devices, implants and tools cannot use ink or dye marks as there is potential for contamination and allergic reactions.... read more >

The medical industry is an arena where mistakes simply aren’t tolerable; the equipment that makes it to market must perform consistently and predictably, and be able to deliver the expected results.But because every person is a unique... read more >

Case Study

Micro Cutting – Stents

Posted on 06/11/2015

Micro cutting stents is one of the most demanding applications in the medical device industry.Stents are small, lattice-shaped metal tubes that are permanently inserted into arteries to restore adequate blood flow. It is imperative that the cut... read more >

Implanted medical devices that incorporate electronics and sensors require process control and end-product quality that is second to none. In particular pacemakers require high integrity hermetic seals at the same time ensuring well controlled depth... read more >