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Next-Level Catheters: Unveiling the Power of Laser-Cut Hypotubes

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January 4, 2024

In medical device engineering, advancements are constantly made to enhance the performance and reliability of catheters. One crucial aspect of catheter design is the reinforcement of the shaft, which ensures optimal strength, flexibility, and torque response.

Among various methods of reinforcement, laser cut hypotubes have emerged as an innovative solution that offers unique benefits over traditional approaches like braiding and coiling. Let’s explore the advantages and considerations of using laser cut hypotubes for reinforcing catheter shafts, revolutionizing medical device development.

Laser Cut Hypotubes (LCHT):

Laser cut hypotubes refer to thin-walled metal tubes that are precisely machined using laser technology. These laser cut hypotubes possess exceptional dimensional accuracy, structural integrity, and customizable features. By leveraging advanced laser cutting techniques, engineers can create intricate patterns on the hypotube, imparting specific mechanical properties to the catheter shaft.

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Distinct Advantages of Laser Cut Hypotubes Over Braiding and Coiling:

  • Unparalleled Design Flexibility: Laser cut hypotubes offer unprecedented design adaptability, empowering engineers to craft intricate patterns and geometries tailored to specific performance requirements. This versatility facilitates customization, optimizing torque response, flexibility, and pushability for various catheter applications.
  • Effortless Trackability and Pushability: Laser cut hypotubes ensure smooth maneuverability as physicians navigate through the vascular system to reach the targeted treatment site. The hypotube's flexibility allows it to bend and conform to the patient's anatomy without causing any traumatic damage to blood vessels.
  • Enhanced Kink Resistance and Unwavering Lumen Integrity: Laser cut hypotubes exhibit outstanding kink resistance, maintaining the catheter's structural integrity even in complex and tortuous anatomies. This characteristic streamlines the passage of instruments, such as guidewires, through the catheter's lumen, creating a seamless pathway to the catheter's distal end. The inherent hoop strength of the hypotube guarantees the lumen's shape remains constant, enabling superior performance when delivering or evacuating solids and fluids to the precise treatment site.
  • Precision in 1:1 Torque Transmission: The precision of laser-cutting technology allows for the creation of patterns that enable precise 1:1 torque transmission, accurately transmitting the rotational force to the catheter's distal end. This level of torque transmission allows for precise positioning and orientation of the catheter's tip in alignment with the patient's anatomy, leading to more effective and successful medical procedures.
  • Streamlined Manufacturing Process: Laser cut hypotubes prioritize the catheter's reinforcement as the primary factor in shaft flexibility, reducing the need for multiple different durometer jackets to construct a finished catheter. This streamlined approach enhances efficiency in the manufacturing process. Laser cut hypotubes are designed to optimize medical device performance and patient outcomes. With their improved trackability, kink strength, and torque transmission, these advanced components revolutionize the field of interventional medicine, empowering medical professionals to deliver better care with increased precision and confidence.

Laser cut hypotubes are designed to optimize medical device performance and patient outcomes. With their improved trackability, kink strength, and torque transmission, these advanced components are leading a paradigm shift in the field of interventional medicine, empowering medical professionals to deliver better care with increased precision and confidence.

Laser Cut Hypotube Highlights:

  • Greater design flexibility and customization options
  • Streamlined and simplified catheter manufacturing
  • Improved shaft tensile strength, flexibility and kink resistance
  • 1:1 Torque Transmission
  • Precise and consistent manufacturing, ensuring high-quality products

Symmetry Engineering

The Symmetry Laser Engineering team combines for more than 60 years of industry experience designing and manufacturing the most innovative and dependable laser cut hypotubes (LCHT). The Symmetry Engineering team is dedicated to providing it's customers with effective catheter solutions that enable life saving devices.

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