Medical device manufacturing is challenged by some of the most complex machining applications. Orthopedic, spinal, trauma and dental implants and surgical instruments must be manufactured to the highest quality standards in a strictly regulated environment with increasing pressure to reduce costs. It is essential that a CNC system delivers reliability and supports highly efficient machining processes.
The difficulties of machining exotic materials, hard-to-machine alloys and ceramics are compounded by complex shapes with tight tolerances and high surface finish requirements. Many parts must be manufactured in small, high-mix batch sizes that are most efficiently processed using 5/6-side machining, combining milling and turning technologies in a single platform. The design specifications of the medical parts often require extensive complex surface machining that can only be realized using 5-axis machining.
FANUC controls deliver the lowest total cost of ownership while nano-meter resolution throughout the system achieves superior precision and surface finish quality. Advanced innovative technologies assure the fastest cycle times without sacrificing quality, lowering the cost per part and increasing machining capacity to avoid the need to add equipment or increase overhead. FANUC CNCs include the features necessary to support the most efficient CAD-CAM-Machine workflows for 5-axis and mill-turn applications. They support Ethernet connectivity to manufacturing and business networks for process monitoring and validation as well as robots for cellular automation.