At Tecomet, we are a leading provider of manufacturing solutions for complex and high-precision products. One of our core markets served is the medical device industry. We design, develop, and deliver a variety of medical device products, including medical implants.
What Are Medical Implants?
Medical implants are medical devices designed for temporary or permanent placement inside of or on the surface of the body. They are used for a number of purposes, including replacing missing body parts, supporting existing organs or tissues, monitoring bodily functions, and dispensing medication. Some examples include bone screws, pacemakers, pumps, and stents.
Materials Used in Medical Implants
Due to the critical functions they perform and the sensitive nature of the applications in which they are used, medical implants must be designed and constructed carefully. Otherwise, there is an elevated risk of them performing unpredictably or producing unexpected results.
One of the key considerations to keep in mind is the construction material. Since implants are intended for use in or on the body, they must be made from materials that will not react or degrade when they come into contact with bodily tissues and fluids. While some implants are made from skin and bone, others are made from metal, plastic, or ceramic.
Regarding the latter group, some of the materials that fulfill industry and application requirements include:
- Stainless steel. Stainless steel is one of the most commonly used materials for medical implants. Its strength and corrosion resistance make it ideal for use in surgical applications, where it is often utilized to replace biological tissue or stabilize biological structures.
- Titanium was initially utilized for dental implants. However, in recent years, it has found widespread use in the manufacture of medical implants (e.g., bone screws, heart valves, and hip replacements). It offers an excellent strength-to-weight ratio, biocompatibility, and non-allergenic properties. Additionally, it readily integrates with bone when used to set broken bones.
- Cobalt-chrome. Cobalt-chrome is an alloy of cobalt and chromium. It exhibits high strength, thermal durability, and wear resistance, all of which make it suitable for use in dental and medical implants. It is commonly used for orthopedic implants.
In addition to the above, medical device manufacturers may also use a variety of other materials, depending on the particular needs of the product and requirements of the application for which it is intended.
Common Uses of Medical Implants
Medical implants are used for a variety of medical applications, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Body part replacement, such as hip and knee implants
- Body part structural support, such as stents and surgical meshes
- Bodily function monitoring and regulation, such as pacemakers, defibrillators, and neurostimulators
- Medication delivery, such as insulin pumps
Over the years, implant technology has advanced to the point where implantable devices can communicate with external systems to offer better monitoring and faster response. Implants such as defibrillators, neurostimulators, and pacemakers can connect and transmit information to external systems to allow medical professionals and/or patients to monitor conditions in real-time and adjust or administer treatments, as necessary.
Why Choose Tecomet?
At Tecomet, we’ve provided high-precision manufacturing services to customers in the medical device industry for over 50 years. This extensive experience, combined with our 17 global manufacturing facilities and over 2,500 employees, gives us the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to produce forged, cast, machined, and finished orthopedic implants that are fully complete and ready for sterilization.
Our highly skilled team of design, engineering, development, and manufacturing specialists enables us to offer our customers a range of medical implant manufacturing capabilities, including net-shape forging, fully automated casting, and precision machining and polishing. We can consistently produce implants to tight tolerances in high volumes. See the table below for our custom implant capabilities.