What Makes for a Bone Drill that Surgeons Like to Use?


What makes for a bone drill that surgeons like to use?

"On the one hand, it must be sharp enough to avoid heat build-up and the consequent risk of bone necrosis, but on the other hand, it needs to avoid grabbing or jarring. It also has to be stable, smooth to operate, not prone to vibration and predictable in applied force."

A typical bone drill with an AO shank

Add to this, the need to efficiently evacuate cortical and cancelous chips as well as blood and tissue, and you can see that designing a rotary instrument can be a difficult balancing act, particularly with the high length:diameter ratios common in many bone drill designs.

In this FREE 5 part e-course (English only), you’ll learn how recent advances in industrial cutting tools can be adopted and adapted to improve your rotary instrument designs.

5 Practical Steps to Making Rotary Instruments that Surgeons Want to Use   

 You’ll learn:

  • To better understand modern drill terminology used in prints; from web thinning, to split pointing and why they are used
  • About using 3D software packages for optimal flute shape and tip geometry design
  • How bone drill geometry differs from industrial drills and why
  • About new labor saving production techniques for high quality drills - such as all-in-one grinding as an alternative to swissturn
  • About the latest in materials and what grinding wheels and settings to use
  • How producing rotary instruments can help you drill deeper into the medical components industry

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5 Practical Steps to Making Rotary Instruments that Surgeons Want to Use




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