The Ben Machine Difference
CNC machining medical devices requires avoiding some common processes and reorganizing others to eliminate possible stray particles or other contaminants. For example, many CNC machine shops will bow out of producing medical devices specifically because of the cooling challenges. We have learned that at times components for medical devices have to be machined without the benefit of coolant. This creates possibilities for work hardening the parts, the creation of microscopic cracking, and shorter tool life. Heating caused by dry machining can also cause dimensional distortion. All of these things have to be taken into account for particularly sensitive projects. It’s not the kind of work a lot of CNC machine shops can take on.
Once machining is done, medical parts have to be thoroughly cleaned. Ultrasonic cleaning, which is often used, can’t be used in some cases due to the possibility of creating micro fractures in the parts. Cleaning of medical parts is one of the most common reasons Ben Machine gets called in to rescue a project that’s having problems.
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Thinking Smaller, While Solving Big Problems: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
One company, though, had a thought. What if they could focus on the most common use of MRI machines? They went through countless prototypes and designs, shrinking this, boosting that, and changing the sensors and software. They ran into problems with the components of their new imager during development. When they couldn’t circumvent the issues, they called Ben Machine. We were able to implement our standard medical manufacturing protocols to guarantee the safety and suitability of their parts. Bringing us in solved their problems. Now they’re rolling out a smaller, lighter MRI that focuses solely on the head.
For the first time, the MRI can be brought to the patient instead of the patient having to go to the MRI. They can be located in ERs, ICUs, and other settings where quick access is crucial. Stroke or head trauma patients can be scanned much more quickly, providing doctors with the details they need to preserve quality of life, if not actually save the life. It even utilizes room temperature superconducting magnets, which will allow MRIs to be used in emergency situations by groups like Doctors Without Borders. It’s truly life-changing technology.