Key Ways CNC Machining is Transforming the Medical Industry

Key Ways CNC Machining is Transforming the Medical Industry

Manufacturing Technology Insights | Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Machine makers are constantly looking for methods to improve performance by reducing vibration, boosting machine speed, reducing maintenance costs, and offering adaptable machining platforms that carry out various difficult jobs with a single-machine setup.

Fremont, CA: As new technologies emerge to enhance human health and patient outcomes, medical supplies, equipment, and accessories are getting more and more complex. These goods may be found anywhere, including in hospital operating rooms, rehab facilities, small-town clinics, and home medicine cabinets. The best production solution to satisfy all of these requirements and more is CNC machining.

Advancement's in the field of CNC machining

Advanced designs for next-generation applications need increased degrees of repeatability and accuracy. In turn, this extends the boundaries of what is physically feasible regarding tool design. Machine makers are constantly looking for methods to improve performance by reducing vibration, boosting machine speed, reducing maintenance costs, and offering adaptable machining platforms that carry out various difficult jobs with a single-machine setup.

Three advanced technological options are available to assist in each of these areas.

• Linear Drives

Multiple independent axes are helpful in moving multi-axis CNC machines. Most machines employ a linear screw and reciprocating ball drive mechanism or a rack-and-pinion guide. Both kinds have limits in precision and speed, as well as being susceptible to wear and friction.

However, linear drive systems operate similarly to a Maglev train. Strong magnets and electrical current combine to lift the carriage off the guide rail while propelling it forward. This entails no wear and tear, friction, or maintenance. And linear drive systems move far more quickly and precisely than other drives.

• Hydrostatic Guides

The hydrostatic guide is another cutting-edge drive system that is adjusted to reduce friction. These employ perfectly ground, oil-cushioned guideways as a cushion. The workpiece is kept in a carriage that receives and expels oil continually. The oil flotation reduces vibration and eliminates friction, which results in the part having superior surface finishes.

• Temperature Control

Heat accumulation is a constant issue when milling at the limit of performance. This is because, unless this heat gets managed with very significant central cooling, the inherent expansion of all materials as they heat up will unquestionably push tolerances out of control.

Smart manufacturers have also worked out how to determine each crucial component's expansion rate and then reverse those movements in accordance.

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