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Active implantable medical devices (AIMDs)

Manufacture AIMDs more efficiently with laser technology

Manufacturing implantable medical devices is extremely complicated - especially because of the sensitive electronics inside them. We will show you how to use laser technology to create stable electrical connections and helium-tight welds that can withstand high loads.

What are the challenges in manufacturing medical implants?

Implantable medical devices such as pacemakers consist of tiny components and sensitive electrical components. In the human body, these devices must function without problems and not cause any harm in the process. The devices are subject to a wealth of technical requirements and therefore place high demands on production processes and equipment: since the components used are often very delicate and the production steps very complex, many manufacturers rely on manual labor to assemble the implants. On the one hand, this is problematic because it is becoming increasingly difficult to find qualified employees. On the other hand, it makes it difficult to expand production, especially with additional production sites. In addition, manufacturers are required to document all production steps in a traceable manner. 

Since implantable medical devices are vital for many people, they must be available in sufficient numbers. To ensure this, production systems need to function reliably, have minimal downtime, and enable fast (maintenance) service. In this context, it is becoming increasingly important that production capacities and technology can be expanded with the necessary system components on a modular basis so that they can be used flexibly for various products.

Examples of active implants are pacemakers, defibrillators or neural sensors. They consist of several components (e.g. batteries, wires or circuits) that are first manufactured individually and then assembled. The housings of these implants must be hermetically sealed to protect both the sensitive electronics and the patient's body.

What advantages does laser technology offer in the development and manufacture of implantable medical devices?

Laser systems offer a solution to many complex technical challenges and limitations in the development and production of active implants. Their use enables precise and automated 3D welding of cables. This allows tight tolerances to be maintained and new types of materials such as glass and ceramics to be combined in the device housings. Laser systems and applications offer significant advantages over conventional welding processes when it comes to producing lossless electrical connections and stable, helium-tight weld seams that can simultaneously withstand high mechanical loads.

Lasers ensure sterility and biocompatibility

Lasers are ideal for processing biocompatible materials. They also produce smooth seams and non-porous surface structures to which germs do not adhere. This makes it easier to keep medical devices sterile. 

Lasers achieve hermetic sealing

Weld seams are helium-tight. This rules out the possibility of leaks in implants. This protects both the internal components of the device and the health of the patient.

Lasers create lossless electrical connections

Patients' lives often depend on the proper functioning of implantable devices. Using laser pulse welding, you can achieve stable and lossless electrical connections that meet the high quality requirements of medical products.

Lasers give you an edge in quality

Innovative laser systems from TRUMPF contain numerous functions for quality assurance in medical technology, e.g. sensors for process monitoring and the visual inspection of geometries, self-learning systems, and artificial intelligence.

How can you use lasers in the manufacture of active implants?

Learn how our customer Miethke manufactures their neuro-surgical implants with TRUMPF lasers

If you want to produce high-quality results, you need to purchase premium tools which can create that high quality. And that's why we came straight to TRUMPF.

Jörg Knebel
Head of Quality Management, Christoph Miethke GmbH & Co. KG

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