From Science Fiction to Science Fact: Why Electronics Plastics Machining Matters

Feb 28, 2018 | Electronics, Machining, Medical, News, Plastics Machining, Technology

There are certain concepts that seem so foreign and advanced when we first hear them that you might assume they were ripped from the latest science fiction film hitting theaters this weekend. When designers gave Captain Picard of the USS Enterprise an “electronic clipboard” to use during his duties on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” thirty years ago, they were simply trying to design a prop that looked at home in the 24th century. It was inconceivable that this might one day be a device that people in the real world would actually own and use.

But then, when you flash forward to today and take a look at the iPad that bears a stunning resemblance to Picard’s PADD (personal access display device), you begin to realize that science fiction has a way of becoming science fact sooner or later.

What you probably don’t realize is that this transition from fantasy to reality is not only taking place around us every day, but it’s also possible in the first place due to the wide range of different benefits that only electronics plastics machining can bring to the table.

Electronics Plastics Machining and the Medical Industry

Electronics plastics machining is especially important in terms of its medical and larger healthcare applications, where these types of parts are often used to bring with them the most important benefit of all: significant advancements in terms of medical science that help create better, more effective outcomes for patients around the world.

To say that the stakes are high in the medical industry is a little bit of an understatement – which is why “getting it right” is always a top priority. Medical engineers are often working with tremendously challenging and overwhelmingly detailed problems and projects. Often, material suppliers say coming up with the necessary parts to bring these devices into reality is “impossible” on the best of days.

But anyone with experience in medical plastics machining knows just how inaccurate that statement is.

The Medical Applications of Plastics Machining

Only plastics machining can help medical engineers meet the thermal, strength and even wear requirements of something like a particular medical device or an implant. Only plastics machining guarantees the flexibility needed to meet the unique and ever-changing demands of a particular orthopedic environment to which a material may or may not be exposed to.

When healthcare providers around the world search for newer solutions to help support the increasingly popular trend of minimally invasive surgery, they know full well that only plastics machining can give them (and their patients) the properties they need when they need them the most.

Plastics machining parts are even used in just about every type of medical device you can think of, from laparoscopes to various surgical instruments to scope components, targeting guides, PEEK spinal cages and much, much more.

The end result is a critical one – low profile, highly resistant and incredibly flexible implants and other devices help guarantee better outcomes and a higher quality of life for millions of people all over the world each day using techniques that would have seemed more at home in a science fiction film than in a hospital just ten years ago.

In the End

At JMJ Profile, we understand that success in terms of electronics plastics machining is and will always be something of a moving target. The definition of the “latest, most advanced composite or phenolic materials” is literally changing every day. Only by making every effort to keep up will we be able to successfully do our jobs, which itself enables very important people like healthcare providers around the globe to do theirs.

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