Tecomet Announces LaunchQuick(TM) a New State-of-the-Art Development Center for Medical Implants


Company's new full-service rapid prototyping center helps customers turn concepts into functional products

Wilmington, MA, May 14, 2010-Tecomet, www.tecomet.com, a leading contract manufacturer for the orthopedic, trauma, and spinal implant markets, recently announced LaunchQuick (TM), the company's new full-service rapid prototyping center.

Created to help customers in the early phase with their product and process development, Tecomet's LaunchQuick center provides its customers with the ability to accelerate the time to market for taking a design and rapidly turning it into a functional product that can be tested and evaluated.

Staffed with dedicated CNC programmers and engineers, as well as dedicated CNC equipment and CAD workstations, Tecomet makes its industry leading experience and resources available to assure the successful transfer of its customers' products from concept to pilot production, through validation, and transfer to manufacturing with production scale up support.

"Our customers desire instant gratification from concept to component," commented Robert Lynch, Vice President R&D and Marketing of Tecomet. "Being able to rapidly create a device on our dedicated equipment which can be used for testing, evaluation or even implantation, gives our customers a real advantage in the product development timeline. Time to market is paramount in orthopedic product development so the faster you can move though the development process using a service such as ours the quicker you can launch a new product. Having all state of the art tools and equipment at hand allows us to construct even the most difficult configurations typical in today's high performance implants."

As a result of Tecomet's broad experience in developing and delivering high performance, high quality metal components and assemblies, the company has been instrumental in solving extreme challenges for its customers' critical, tight tolerance medical implant applications that exceed requirements for quality, timing, and cost.

Both large, established orthopedic OEM companies and smaller early stage companies, have taken advantage of Tecomet's dedicated equipment, knowledgeable people, and ISO 13485 certified Quality Systems to quickly turn their designs into functional prototypes. Customers appreciate the ability to reduce lead times, launch products more quickly, and support their high value/low volume manufacturing needs. The larger companies are looking for flexibility, innovation, and responsiveness beyond their internal resources, while the smaller companies are often virtual companies looking for ways to leverage their own limited internal resources via a diversified contract manufacturing partner.

"Being able to go from a CAD model to a first single piece quickly for something as important as a fit up study is very valuable in the initial phase of the development life cycle" states one user of Tecomet's LaunchQuick facility. " You guys are always there when we need you and we appreciate that."

LaunchQuick offers:
  • Rapid Prototyping-able to take CAD Model to prototype part produced in customer specified material and create actual finished pieces for surgeon evaluation and mechanical testing
  • Short Run Production-ensure quick delivery of small development runs with full access to all inspection equipment and creation of manufacturing plans usable for eventual production scale up
  • Product Development- CAD work stations for customer collaboration with Tecomet engineers
  • Process Development- Full range of support equipment including dedicated multi-axis CNC machining centers for machining, finishing and inspection
  • Dedicated development engineers, programmers, and metal fabrication experts
  • Full customer access to development and quality labs
  • Hospitality Offices-access to experimental labs, a private conference area, and private office with Internet and phone

    LaunchQuick provides access to the entire array of processing equipment throughout Tecomet. This includes 3, 4 and 5-axis CNC machining equipment, multi-axis mill/turn machining centers, photochemical etching equipment, EDM equipment, and metal joining equipment such as brazing, electron beam and laser welding. In addition, LaunchQuick's dedicated equipment includes:
  • Mazak Veriaxis 500 5-axis machining center
  • Mazak Integrex 100IIIST 9-axis machining center
  • Mazak 410A 4-axis machining center
  • Numerous other manual machines, finishing equipment and proprietary processing equipment

    For more information about Tecomet's LaunchQuick center, visit www.tecomet.com or contact Robert Lynch, VP R&D and Marketing, at ph. 978-642-2468 or Robert.Lynch@tecomet.com.

    About Tecomet:

    Tecomet is a leading contract manufacturing, engineering and metal fabrication technology company based in Wilmington, Massachusetts. The Company specializes in net shape forging, precision machining, photochemical etching, surface texturing, vacuum brazing, laser and electron beam welding, and rapid prototyping. Tecomet is ISO13485, ISO9001, and AS9100 certified and has over 45 years of experience supplying precision engineered components and assemblies to the medical, aerospace/defense, and commercial/industrial markets, with special emphasis on orthopedic, trauma, and spinal implants. For more information, please visit www.tecomet.com or call 888-287-0400.

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