What is the Importance of CNC Machining Applications in the Medical...

What is the Importance of CNC Machining Applications in the Medical Sector?

By Manufacturing Technology Insights | Monday, September 28, 2020

The medical industry has been very technology-friendly, now it has also started to use computer numerical control (CNC) machining for various roles.

Fremont, CA: Computer numerical control (CNC) machining is widely used in industry and manufacturing. With the benefits of this automated production method consisting of faster development and manufacturing, more significant and guaranteed accuracy, and the eradication of human error, numerous manufacturers are saving time and money by fitting their workshops and factories with the CNC machines. The method includes feeding information on the item to be produced from a computer-aided design (CAD) system into the CNC lathe, router, or milling machine, and the rest of the work is done automatically.

Not only manufacturing but many industries have benefited from this cost-effective and time-saving development, for CNC machining also has its uses in other industries. One of the sectors is the medical world, where these devices can be found in various roles. 

Here are a few of the uses of CNC in the medical industry.

Hip Replacement

Top 10 CNC Machining Consulting/Services Companies - 2020A typical procedure but one that involves invasive surgery and a lengthy recuperation period, hip replacements have been made far more accurate using CNC machined replica hips, rather than the traditional methods. CNC hip replacements are a more precise shape, are longer-lasting, and can be made much more quickly than conventional versions. By eliminating the chance of human error, the possibility of a necessary second operation is removed, making the decision to go ahead far easier for the patient.

Dentistry

Dentists need to recreate the exact shape and size of a cavity or other areas that need to be crowned or veneered and one of many different procedures. Being small and delicate, CNC combined with modern 3D imaging techniques means that these parts can be accurately produced to the impossible degree before, making life a lot easier for both patient and dental practitioners.

Surgical Implants

Patients requiring metal or other implants in the body, perhaps for strengthening or replacing broken bones, previously had to be fitted with carefully hand-crafted items that were time-consuming to produce and only accurate to a certain degree. CNC machining means that even the smallest or most complex implants can be manufactured quickly and with incredible accuracy, so the procedure can be completed in less time and at a lower cost to the hospital or medical practitioner.

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