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Kyocera unveils low-resistivity zirconia needle, proven ceramics-based medical technologies

  • Fine Ceramic Components

Kyoto/London - Kyocera’s ceramics technology, developed over the last 60+ years, provides a highly durable, long-lasting, non-reactive material to help improving everything from surgical tools and hip implants to kidney dialysis and CT Scan machines.

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Introducing low-resistivity zirconia needle

Kyocera’s durable, 100% inert and reusable low-resistivity zirconia needles offer highly accurate liquid level sensing for the latest in-vitro diagnostics and flow cytometry, maximizing high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) equipment. The new low-resistivity zirconia needle offers excellent mechanical strength, chemical and wear resistance with low friction for a longer useful life compared to stainless steel. Its thinner wall thickness and small precise hole (0.1 to 2.5 (+/-0.002) mm) with precise ID, less carry over, and smaller inner surface roughness (Ra0.05μm~) help ensuring dimensional accuracy for in-vitro procedures including hemostasis, urinalysis, immunoassay analyzers, clinical chemistry analysis, and molecular diagnostics.

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Rapid prototypes with ceramic additive manufacturing

Kyocera continues its ceramic additive manufacturing customized 3D printing service for cost-effective prototypes of new medical device designs. The company’s highly experienced engineers consult on each new project and devise the most cost-effective method for a 3D printed prototype of new medical device designs. With that consultation and 3D printing using zirconia and alumina, Kyocera can virtually produce any kind of customized prototype in 1-2 weeks. Kyocera’s ceramics offer scratch resistance, higher rigidity, temperature resistance, longer lifetime, high-voltage insulation, lighter weight, and superior thermal management, providing an overall lower cost of ownership.

3D capabilities include:

  • Shapes: curved, square, angled, sharp edges, angled holes, negative draft, threads, textures, tiny holes
  • Materials: Zirconia, Alumina
  • Size: 200 x 105 x 40 mm
  • Tolerance: +/-0.050 mm (as-fired)
  • Wall Thickness: 0.25 – 10 mm
  • Interlocking Assembly
  • Smooth Surface
Kyocera’s Fine Ceramics can be found in solutions for kidney dialysis machines; radiation therapy machines for cancer treatment; genetic sequencing; blood separators; X-ray machines, PET, MRI and CT Scan machines; pacemakers and cardiac monitors; neuromodulation devices and RF surgical instruments; drug testing and orthopedic joint replacement systems.

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