Research on seamless development of surgical instruments based on biological mechanisms using CAD and 3D printer

Biomed Mater Eng. 2015;26 Suppl 1:S341-5. doi: 10.3233/BME-151321.


In the area of manufacturing surgical instruments, the ability to rapidly design, prototype and test surgical instruments is critical. This paper provides a simple case study of the rapid development of two bio-mechanism based surgical instruments which are ergonomic, aesthetic and were successfully designed, prototyped and conceptually tested in a very short period of time.

Keywords: 3D-printer; CAD simulation; rapid prototyping; surgical instruments.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biomimetics / instrumentation*
  • Computer Simulation
  • Computer-Aided Design*
  • Equipment Design
  • Equipment Failure Analysis
  • Fishes / physiology
  • Models, Theoretical*
  • Printing, Three-Dimensional / instrumentation*
  • Research Design
  • Surgical Instruments*