The first showing of our device demo video will take place at TCT, Birmingham on the 28th September during the presentation – From Theory to Theatre Using Additive Manufacturing (Main Stage 10:30-11:00)
This presentation will explore the use of rapid manufacturing techniques processing plastics, resins, metals and laser cut spring plates, as fully functional prototypes for a series of medical devices. Sutrue has designed an automated suturing device using standard suturing needles for all types of suturing, from Wound Closure through to Robotics. The design and prototyping process has used additive manufacturing (3D printing) to reduce the development cost from approximately £3.5m to £50k while reducing development time drastically.
We’ve got the parts, we know they work!
Once assembled, we can demo our first fully functioning Endoscopic device.
As with the Handhelds, the Endoscopic version of the device has significantly improved.
We can now move the Endo down a trocar, rotate the head into the suturing positions, perform the suture, return the head to its starting position for removal back up the trocar.
We are now working on the interface between the Endo and a Robotic Arm
Below you can demostrations of a previous version of the Endo’ turning the needle
As with the Handhelds, now almost all of the device head is now made out of brand new ‘Metal Sintered’ parts from our good friends at ES Technology. The rollers and gears give us incredible grip of the needle during rotation and therefore we can now deliver greater consistency, strength and power during suturing.
Below are the build plates containing parts for both large and small handhelds as well as for the Endo’
Archive video below.