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The uses of new Technologies in Life Sciences



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Medical Industry + Precision Manufacturing = Perfect Match

The medical industry and precision manufacturing is a perfect match. Manufacturing has long been associated with bulky machines, dirty equipment, oil, smoke and harsh chemicals. This is no longer the case when the medical industry meets precision manufacturing. You see a much different environment. Completely enclosed computer numerically controlled (C.N.C) lathes and machining centers have replaced the old bulky manual lathes and mills producing a much cleaner and safer environment. High medical standards have implemented clean rooms, finely tuned finishing, and inspection procedures to meet sanitation and traceability requirements. Precision manufacturers equipped with these standards, are manufacturing medical components. Many of these components assist in medical procedures by making them less invasive. Furthermore, some are applied in surgical operations to replace or reinforce actual joints or bones.

It may be an overstatement to say that precision manufacturing has made the quality of life for all humanity better. However, high tech manufacturing has made the quality of life for many individuals better. The manufacturing of hip replacements, ports, and other medical devices out of highly durable titanium are already in use. For example, port implants can be implanted to aid and assist individuals in administering their own medications. People living with cancer, acquired immune deficiency syndrome or other life threatening illnesses can now all lead less complicated lives. Machine operators using 3D contour machining can actually replicate the face and human form. How does this affect quality of life? Let us say, for instance, you had a severe accident and part of your face was damaged. Using 3D scanning and digitizing the uninjured side of your face is digitized and modified to reconstruct parts of the injured side of the face the technology is available. Surely, no one plans to have such an accident, but if it did happen, the medical communities along with precision manufacturers are better equipped to repair and rehabilitate human beings like never before.

Many precision manufacturers have invested in high-tech equipment to keep up with the demand for these highly advanced medical devices. Utilizing laser welders and engravers to weld small components and then serialize them for traceability. Manufacturers have incorporated three dimensional scanners and digitizers to map the human form so that medical engineers can develop prosthesis or modify other supportive technology.

When you look around you, it would be very difficult to find anything that has not been manufactured in one way or another. Now that prosthesis, joint, and bone replacements are well established in medical procedures, we can now include parts of the human body among them.

The medical community and precision manufacturers are continually making advances in design, and production technology, of medical equipment and devices. In precision manufacturing today we see constant breakthroughs in equipment that push the limits of precision manufacturing capabilities to produce highly complex medical devices, which improve the quality of life for the future.

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