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Microfabrica Introduces Set of Miniature 'Building Blocks' for Minimally-Invasive Medical Devices
Date:12/18/2007

1-mm turbine, miniaturized 'car jack', and micro-chainmail demonstrate the

company's ultra-precision EFAB manufacturing technology

VAN NUYS, Calif., Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Microfabrica Inc. will introduce at Medical Design & Manufacturing West a set of highly-miniaturized 'building blocks' which designers of minimally-invasive medical devices can use to develop innovative new products. Water-powered turbines just over 1 mm in diameter which spin at 120,000 revolutions per minute, millimeter-scale 'car jack'-like expanders, ultra-flexible micro-chainmail metal fabric, micro- needles, miniature ratchets, hinges, slides, and springs, and multi-lumen metal shapes are among the building blocks to be featured. Enabled by the company's unique EFAB manufacturing technology, these building blocks -- and devices based on them -- will be on display in Booth 466, Hall E, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA, January 29-31, 2008.

According to Microfabrica chief executive officer Vacit Arat, "EFAB has already been used successfully in a variety of non-medical applications, and the technology's reliability and design flexibility have been put to test. Leveraging that experience, Microfabrica introduced the technology to select medical device companies in the last 12 months, and the response has been overwhelming. Several major players have already taken advantage of the technology to enable next-generation devices and dramatically cut cost." Beginning with MD&M, Microfabrica will make its technology broadly available to medical device manufacturers. The company's building blocks are meant to demonstrate what is possible and give engineers a head start on leveraging EFAB in their designs.

"The micro-turbine -- probably the world's smallest -- might be used as a high-speed distal actuator in thrombectomy, atherectomy, and intravascular ultrasound catheters, eliminating the need for a drive cable," noted Adam Cohen, chief technology officer of
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