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Getting the right template for the custom jig is a key step of this process. Siemens’ NX, a computer aided design, manufacturing and engineering analysis (CAD/CAM/CAE) software application from Siemens PLM Software creates families of 3-D CAD models that are used as templates for these custom plastics jigs produced with additive manufacturing as well as metal implants typically produced with 5-axis computer numerically controlled machine tools.


NX is also able to bridge the gap between the template and actual production of the jig by automatically simulating associated machine tool paths in order to create the best match. The numerically-controlled program is then seamlessly transferred to a milling machine to achieve perfect surface quality while minimizing machining time.


The precision, speed and seamless integration of these applications have the potential to produce not only personalized jigs, but prosthesis devices as well.


Bringing it all together


With the optimization of processes of scans, surgical planning, patient-matched jig production and installation, the entire Image-to-Implant process of prosthesis is getting shorter, faster and richer in data. Coupled with the increased integration of medical


imaging technology and advanced


manufacturing, an end-to-end solution is connecting the dots with an “engineer-to-order” program commonly used in industrial production environments.


Team center is currently in use by many medical devices manufacturers and is helping to streamline the entire production life-cycle making it faster and more efficient. Furthermore, Team center is also set to facilitate in automating the entire process from imaging to personalized jig manufacturing as well as the eventual personalization of implants.


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HOSPITAL & HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT VOL. 3 ISSUE 3 August 2014


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