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How to Develop Your Next Orthopedic Product with Smart Design

Posted: Monday, September 23, 2019

Did you know that approximately 75% of the cost of a medical device product is in the actual design (materials and geometry) and only 25% of the cost is in the process (and, maybe, geographically where the product is made)? The industry is becoming increasingly more aware of this, which is why Design for Manufacturing (DFM) is a term that you may have seen trending in our market. DFM means incorporating an understanding of the manufacturing processes into the design of a product, which can reduce costs and increase time to market. To take it a step further, including inspection methods into the design phase (Design for Inspection, or DFI) can also dramatically reduce costs. In an industry with increased pricing pressures, leveraging design to reduce costs and time to market is smart, so incorporating DFM and DFI is smart design.

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Orthopedic Implant Coatings: Current State and a Look into the Future

Posted: Monday, March 04, 2019

Coatings applied onto surfaces of implants have been a mainstay of the medical device industry for a few decades. Coatings serve a number of functions, ranging from enhanced tissue integration with the host, to improved bearing wear performance, and local delivery of therapeutic agents. Orchid remains at the forefront of delivering clinically proven implant coatings to our OEM customers, who are striving to innovate newer technologies for the unmet and anticipated future needs. ..

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5 Trends in Orthopedic Product Design: An Outsourcing Partner’s Perspective

Posted: Monday, July 23, 2018

With advances in technology as the medical device market and regulations change, there have been shifts in the approach to orthopedic product design. We talked to some of our internal experts about the trends that they have noticed. Our team works with OEMs both through contract design and contract manufacturing and they have an inside look at current trends in the industry. Here is what they have been noticing lately: ..

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Titanium Coating on PEEK Spine Implants

Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Orchid’s titanium coating on PEEK differentiates us in the market. The technology was developed at Orchid Switzerland (formerly Alhenia) and is sought after by our customers for spinal implants.

The spine, or vertebral column, is a bony structure formed from the vertebrae. It consists of 24 articulating and 9 fused vertebrae in the sacrum and the coccyx. All the vertebrae are separated with an intervertebral disc composed of cartilage. It plays a very important role as a shock absorber for the impact of the body’s daily activities, and keeps the two vertebrae separated
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Flow Simulation Enhances Medical Device Manufacturing

Posted: Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Orchid’s facility in Lansing, MI has been forging exotic materials used in joint implants since 1994. Most of the products we make are for hip and knee systems such as tibial trays, femoral components, acetabular cups and hip stems. Most of these are forged and machined titanium, cobalt chromium and zirconium. ..

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