US 11,051,838 B2
Ultrasonic surgical instrument with ad hoc formed blade
Sean P. Conlon, Loveland, OH (US)
Assigned to Cilag GmbH International, Zug (CH)
Filed by Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, PR (US)
Filed on Dec. 6, 2018, as Appl. No. 16/211,429.
Application 16/211,429 is a continuation of application No. 15/207,637, filed on Jul. 12, 2016, granted, now 10,258,362.
Prior Publication US 2019/0167294 A1, Jun. 6, 2019
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. A61B 17/32 (2006.01); B33Y 80/00 (2015.01); B33Y 10/00 (2015.01); B33Y 50/00 (2015.01); A61B 17/00 (2006.01); B22F 5/00 (2006.01); B23K 26/342 (2014.01); A61N 7/00 (2006.01); B22F 3/105 (2006.01); A61B 17/22 (2006.01)
CPC A61B 17/320068 (2013.01) [A61B 17/320092 (2013.01); A61N 7/00 (2013.01); B22F 5/00 (2013.01); B23K 26/342 (2015.10); B33Y 10/00 (2014.12); B33Y 80/00 (2014.12); A61B 17/22012 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00402 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00424 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00526 (2013.01); A61B 2017/320071 (2017.08); A61B 2017/320088 (2013.01); A61B 2017/320094 (2017.08); A61B 2017/320095 (2017.08); B33Y 50/00 (2014.12); Y02P 10/25 (2015.11)] 20 Claims
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1. A method of forming a component of an ultrasonic surgical instrument at a clinical facility, the method comprising:
(a) accessing a set of modeling data associated with the component, wherein the set of modeling data comprises:
(i) a distal portion comprising an ultrasonic blade, and
(ii) a proximal portion configured to transmit ultrasonic vibrations to the ultrasonic blade when the proximal portion is secured to a complementary portion of the ultrasonic surgical instrument; and
(b) fabricating the component via an additive manufacturing process using the set of modeling data.