Micro Ophthalmic Ocular Implants

Donna Bibber explores one market segment in which micro manufacturing has played and will continue to play a significant role in worldwide growth in the next five years...ophthalmic devices. Age-related eye diseases such as cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration (to name only a few) continue to cause loss of vision either significantly or completely. Driven by a baby boomer aging population, technology innovations and vast, rapidly emerging [...]

January 16th, 2020|

Scalability of Micro-Intraocular Implants and Devices

Donna Bibber discusses some of these micro-intraocular implants and devices and the scalability challenges associated with each, from the perspective of a plastics engineer. Recent developments and new-to-market intra-ocular devices and implants have led to the successful treatment of a number of ophthalmological conditions of varying seriousness and complexity such as: Glaucoma Cataracts Retinal detachment Diabetic retinopathy Age-related macular degeneration Uveitis Dry-eye syndrome. Treatment of these conditions often requires collaboration [...]

January 16th, 2020|

How to approach today’s micro moulding challenges Part 1: Tooling-the enabler

Each issue, this column will focus on the major challenges in a given area of micro moulding. Split into two parts, this and the next instalment in the April issue, focus on the all-important subject of tooling, addressing and outlining time-tested solutions to some of the most talked about pitfalls in its manufacture and use.Challenges in micro moulding have not changed much at all in the past 20–30 years. The [...]

February 28th, 2019|

Micro Giants: Micromolding for Medtech

Medical Product Outsourcing Sep 2018 article featuring Isometric Micro Molding, Inc. The medical industry’s demands are continually challenging suppliers and manufacturers to stretch their technical competencies into areas where they may fear to tread. Doctors and surgeons urge instruments for less invasive procedures and quicker recovery times, devices are shrinking and becoming more complex, and designers seek out smaller, high-precision components with materials and tolerances that years ago were [...]

September 11th, 2018|

Isometric’s Microns Matter™ Process

Components and devices with micron tolerances can only be manufactured successfully by applying years of tooling and plastics engineering experience. This allows for the accurate estimation of percentage tolerance risks and ways to mitigate such risks at each phase of the Microns MatterTM process. These phases include: ULTRA-PRECISION TOOLING METROLOGY MATERIAL DRYING MATERIAL LOT TO LOT VARIATION MICRO INJECTION MOLDING PROCESS The histogram in Figure 1.1 shows the average percentage error [...]

July 10th, 2018|

A Proven Process for the Manufacture Micro Molded Medical Devices for Critical Applications

Micro-sized components are often the key enabling elements of Class II or Class III medical devices and drug delivery devices, and because of their size, they often require micron-level tolerances. With 30 years’ experience in micro injection molding, Isometric Micro Molding has developed a best-practice risk assessment strategy called “Microns MatterTM”, which is used for the development and high-volume production of critical-to-function micro molded devices. These next series of blog [...]

June 12th, 2018|