Seeking a supplier who could meet the challenge of producing one of their most difficult-to-manufacture knee replacement instrument assemblies, a leading orthopedic company needed to deliver a solution to a high-profile surgeon with a firm deadline.

Within hours of receiving the order, Oberg’s creative manufacturing teams developed specialized 5-axis machining and “extreme angle” wire EDM programs to produce the components. To minimize part handling and maximize dimensional accuracy, special work holding fixtures were developed for seamless use throughout the manufacturing and inspection. Laser welding and passivation were also used in the final assembly.

The Results

Eight instrument assemblies were delivered in only 10 days, earning additional business and appreciative comments from the customer stating “The quality and delivery of the assemblies was exceptional and your talented manufacturing team exceeded our expectations.”

Project Overview

  • Processes: 3- and 5-Axis machining, wire EDM, Laser Welding
  • Challenge: Fast turnaround for hard-to-manufacture instrument assembly
  • Solution: Utilizing latest machining and manufacturing techniques to exceed customer expectations.