Sports injury, trauma and orthopaedic products specialist Harvard Healthcare commissioned the Medical Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (MAMRC) to develop a range of innovative orthopaedic screwdrivers for operating theatres, which would retain screws securely until they were anchored in place.
The screwdrivers are designed to be an easy to use alternative for surgeons who currently employ a variety of devices to retain screws, which tend to be overly complex, difficult to use and hard to manufacture.
The MAMRC’s pre-production prototype comprises only three components – a sleeve, shaft and handle – manufactured from different grades of stainless steel to ensure resistance to corrosion and ease of disassembly for sterilisation.
The Medical AMRC worked in collaboration with Sheffield Precision Medical to optimise the manufacturing process.
The resulting product works better than any competitor product, yet costs less to manufacture because it requires fewer parts and is far less complex. A patent application has been filed for the device and confidence is high that it will be extremely popular and find applications beyond the medical sector, in other industries.