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Cutting Tools and Drills

Cutting tools, drills, and blades are critical devices used in surgical procedures. Blades used in surgical procedures must be free from burrs and laser slag and remain sharp for accurate cutting. Remaining burrs created during manufacturing can break off, causing harm to the patient during procedures.

In addition to requiring a burr-free, smooth finish, blades and cutting tools also require an ultra-sanitary finish that not only inhibits the harboring of bacteria but also retards corrosion. Therefore, a contaminant-free surface is of critical importance for these tools.

The benefits of electropolishing for cutting tools, drills, and blades include:

Burr-free surface

By removing material more aggressively from the high points on the surface, electropolishing effectively removes burrs from blades and other surgical tools, resulting in safer instruments.

Enhanced resistance to bacteria

Electropolishing removes surface contaminants for improved resistance to bacterial growth and pathogen spread.

Increased corrosion resistance

Electropolished components and devices have a passive, oxygen-rich surface that retards the onset of corrosion.

Improved precision

Unlike parts that undergo other finishing processes, electropolished parts receive a far more uniform removal of material from the surface, resulting in more improved precision.