CNC machines and the medical industry
With the world still trying to get on top of the virulent Coronavirus outbreak, it’s a comfort to know that the production of emergency supplies and equipment is faster because of CNC machines and CNC technology. As car manufacturers convert from building sedans and SUV’s to ventilators and filter masks, the CNC machines that support their production lines are ready to go to work 24/7/365 to help combat the most significant event of the 21st Century.
Modern medical protocols and procedures are due, in large part, to advances in CNC machining making equipment available in vast quantities. Doctors, nurses, therapists, and everyone else in the medical environment uses products and equipment manufactured in part or wholly by a CNC machine. In other words, lives are saved and made better because of CNC production technology. So here’s how CNC machines contribute to the medical industry.
Everything medical and more
CNC machining lends itself to the production of parts and pieces used in the medical field. The truly amazing fact is CNC machines have been producing medical equipment for many years. As time has passed and technology has improved, the CNC machine has become important in every area of medical equipment manufacturing, including:
- Ventilator components
- Surgical equipment
- Surgical components
- Orthopedic devices
- Dental equipment
- Consumable products and equipment
- Prosthetic equipment
Production without limits
The extent of products manufactured with CNC machines is phenomenal. Medical equipment, surgical tools, and other important products are manufactured using CNC technology as well as items like synthetic bones and custom hardware. Treatment options for doctors and medical professionals around the planet have increased significantly due to the introduction of CNC machining for medical equipment and devices. In recent years, the inclusion of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has greatly expanded the capabilities of CNC production techniques. Artificial Intelligence not only increases the variety of tasks that can be completed and tools that can be created by a CNC production machine, but it also improves the efficiency of the CNC machine as it works.
CNC machines set the pace
Productivity and quality control are two important aspects of CNC production results. Achieving consistent results with tight tolerances and microscopic precision makes CNC machines extremely valuable to medical products manufacturers. Accuracy in cutting and precise tool movements make CNC machining superior to human labor. Production by CNC machines is easily scaled-up by adding additional machines and utilizing existing programs and applications. CNC machines once set up and in place can produce perfect parts immediately provided they are programmed and operated by professionals.
Medicine counts on CNC machines
Every medical product, instrument or machine incorporates some part or assembly that was manufactured using a CNC machine. Since the invention of CNC technology in the early 1950s, parts, tools, and equipment has benefited from CNC technology. In the current crisis, the production of much needed medical equipment like ventilators and filter masks will happen much faster because CNC machines can handle the demand and work faster, better, and without interruption. Advances in materials, cutting tools, production techniques, and Artificial Intelligence guarantee the future of CNC machine capabilities will remain bright and valuable for decades to come.