“I want to thank you and your team for your attention to detail and willingness to get the product right. We are very appreciative of the product – and I speak for our entire team in saying that we have nothing but praise for your quality of work.”

– Adrian, Project Engineer

Process

How Do We Get Started Making a Model?

There are many ways to arrive at a better bone model and we can help you get started regardless of where you are. If you have nothing, no problem. Just call us or click here and describe your needs. Maybe you have an existing bone model that needs modified to create proper anatomy. We have the tools, ability and knowledge to add and remove bone in just the right places.

Perhaps you have a CAD file that needs to be printed. We can print it, remove build lines and provide texture to meet your requirements. Already have the pieces printed? Send them to us with your instructions and we can take it from there.

Existing Bone Models

“I already have an existing bone model, but want to make some changes.”

Models from CAD Files

“I have a CAD file and want to make a model from it.”

Existing Rapid Prototype Models

“I already have a printed rapid prototype model.”

No Pre-Existing Model Available

” I know what I want and can describe it to someone with knowledge of the anatomy.”

Quality

IMG_9315Project Management & Quality Systems

With years of project management experience, we know the importance of planning, organization and a structured quality system. In our infancy, we worked closely with Krafft International- Peter and Chari Krafft- to institute a structured approach to quality. Our process starts with a collection of design criteria from the customer, advancing to a written job scope, design review, and first article approval. In production, we use a bin system with travelers and a designated cart for each customer, and written work instructions to insure reproducibility and future reorder ease.

Validation vs. Verification

Implant manufacturing generally occurs through machining and lends itself to  validated processes that can be reliably repeated. Models, on the other hand, are made from materials that shrink, warp, trap air bubbles, and melt at low temperatures. Quality measures for bone and implant models are far more dependent on verification. In other words, visual inspection with an informed critical eye can make all the difference between good models and great models.

 


Equipment, Facilities and Experience

We work with various plastics daily to create better bone models and implant replicas. The materials used for our work can be temperamental and challenging. Warping, shrinking and bubbles are not strangers. Our experience has taught us that the geometric and diametric tolerancing expectations for metals are not the same. We have invested in the equipment and facilities necessary to overcome these obstacles.

 


Communication

Communication between a team that works well together is essential piece to quality model-making. Our culture encourages each team member to understand the impact that molding, casting, and finishing have on one another. Team members who understand the impact of their work on subsequent production steps and are passionate about the finished product make a huge difference.  That teamwork is how we differentiate ourselves. Give us an opportunity to make better bone models for you!