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.
Our personnel can work from concept sketches to design and fabricate new devices, test research fixtures and equipment. Documentation of the newly created part or device is also available through two-or three-dimensional computer-aided design (CAD) drawings. We also use SolidWorks and AutoCAD software. CAD drawings can be converted into computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) programs that are directly fed into the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines or Rapid Prototyping machines to fabricate the desired parts.
Mechanical Prototype Machine Shop
The Mechanical Prototype Machine Shop is located on the first floor of the ND Bldg in the Lerner Research Institute. The shop contains approximately 20 Machines and tools worth four million dollars. Equipment shown from left to Right includes a 4-axis Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Lathe, 4-axis Wire EDM, a 5-axis CNC Milling Machine and a CNC CMM.
Plastic Assembly. This device is used to fractionate cells. Antibody-magnetic particle conjugates are used to separate cells into separate compartments.
Left ventricular assist pump housing made from a solid block of titanium. The engineering tolerances for these devices have to meet exacting standards.
Base for a shoulder tensioning device designed and built to allow for controlled tensioning of the muscle and tendons during shoulder repair surgery.
Vascular dilators used by cardiothoracic surgeons to size arteries for surgery. These instruments feature specific curvatures to match the anatomy of the different blood vessels.