Services

Upcoming Event

Grand Rounds Seminar
"The Surgeon Inventor: Collaborative Innovation"
Frank Papay, M.D.
Chair, Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute
Joint appt., Head and Neck Institute
August 4, 2017

BioRobotics Core

BioRobotics and Mechanical Testing Core (BRMTC) is a facility that provides a center of excellence for biomechanical testing of biological structures and biomaterials. The BMRTC provides testing capabilities for a wide range of biomechanical modalities and will offer expert advice and support for development of new test protocols, as well as innovative techniques for instrumentation and data collection. Modalities include tissues, joints, and multi-articular units, such as foot or spine segments.

Services & Testing Systems include:
• Robotic Universal Musculoskeletal Simulator (UMS)
• Uniaxial and Biaxial Testing Systems
• Biomechanical Phenotyping of Transgenic Animal Models
• Consulting and System Development
Electronics Core

The Electronics Core facility is an electronic design, fabrication and repair laboratory that specializes in custom electronics, electro-mechanical systems, transducers and optics for biomedical applications. 
Services include:
  • Custom electronic circuit design and fabrication
  • Data acquisition system design
  • Laboratory and office equipment repair
  • Surgical Support
  • Web Development
  • Wireless data acquisition and control (RF, RFID, IrDA, Blue Tooth)
  • Motor controller/driver and motion control
  • Sensor-based systems
  • GUI, PC interface, and custom control
  • LabVIEW programming and support
  • PCB design and manufacturing
 Engineering & Design Core

The Engineering & Design Core supports the mechanical and biomedical engineering needs of the Cleveland Clinic research programs and drives the technical development of medical devices invented at the Cleveland Clinic both in the clinical and research settings. We also have the resources to evaluate technology designed by groups external to the Cleveland Clinic.
Services include:
  • Initial conceptual design
  • Pro/ENGINEER, Solid Edge & SolidWorks design software
  • Prototype fabrication
  • Prototype testing and refinement
  • Device development using Nitinol
  • Process development
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Modeling analysis
  • In vitro and in vivo testing
  • 3D anatomic reconstruction software
  • Computational fluid dynamics modeling software
 Mechanical Prototype

The Mechanical Prototype staff is highly skilled in a variety of fabrication, customization and repair services for mechanical devices and equipment. We are proficient in precision machining of metals and plastics, welding of structural and exotic metals, instrument refurbishing and mechanical repair.
Fabrication Capabilities:
·         Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machines
o    Create high-precision devices for clinical and research applications.
o    Develop custom devices specifically suited for your needs
·         Manual Machines
o    Vertical Mills – machinable materials include metals, polymers and ceramics
o    Lathes – suited for high precision custom work
o    Multiple Welding Disciplines – weld a variety of material such as steel, stainless steel, aluminum and titanium.
o    Precision Surface Grinding – three types of grinders allow us to machine hardened materials like chromium colbalt to extremely close tolerances.
o    Surface Finishing – we use two bead blasting methods that give devices a good looking outer finish.
o    Heat Treating – using a high precision temperature-controlled programmable electrical furnace.
o    Shears/Breaks – equipment is available to shear, bend and form sheet metal and bar stock.
o    Plastics & Wood Shop – fabrication of acrylic, polypropylene & other plastics. The shop handles wood to make fixtures for various projects..
·         Mechanical Device Design & Development
o    Two or three-dimensional computer-aided design (CAD) drawings
o    Pro/ENGINEER
o    Solidworks
o    AutoCAD software

Polymer Laboratory

The Polymer Laboratory supports research and product development efforts where polymeric and biologic materials are required. The laboratory uses both synthetic and natural polymeric materials such as:
  • Polyurethane
  • Polyolefin
  • Silicone
  • Epoxies
  • PVC & Natural rubber
Biologic materials include:
  • Gelatin
  • Hyaluronan
  • Pericardinal Tissue
Technical Support & Services
  • Device design and prototyping
  • Device testing
  • Compression molding & vacuum forming
  • Dip and solution casting & mold casting
  • Carbon fiber epoxy composite materials manufacturing,
  • Bioprosthetic tissue valve fabrication
  • Blood compatible polymer surface treatments
  • Polymer mold design and fabrication
  • Support of biologic and polymeric materials testing
  • Polymer procedure & process development
  • AutoCAD and Pro/ENGINEER drawing documentation
  • Provide polymer and biomaterial process control specifications
  • Consulting and technical training
 Nitinol Commercialization Center
Nitinol is a relatively new alloy that is being incorporated into commercial and medical applications because of its extraordinary shape memory and superelastic properties. Nitinol is used in the following biomedical applications: cardiovascular stents, kink resistant guidewires, minimally invasive surgical tools, and self-locking orthopedic devices.
Our Nitinol capabilities include:
  • Building medical device prototypes
  • Material Processing & Testing
  • Design Expertise
  • Laser programming for complex geometries
  • Athermal Lasercut designs from tube or flat sheeting
  • Heat Treatment & Shapesetting