Patent 09962167 - Method for manufacturing disposable rotary cutting tools and disposable rotary tool for dental or medical applications > Description
The present invention relates to a method for manufacturing disposable rotary cutting tools for dental or medical applications and a disposable rotary cutting tool for dental or medical applications.
There are a large number of cutting tools on the market for various applications in the medical or dental field, in particular for applications involving drilling, tapping, milling, smoothing, forming and other cutting functions in a bone or a tissue. For example, in the dental field, drills are used for drilling holes in the jawbone. A tap is then used, and perhaps also a profiling tool, so that an anchoring support can be screwed in order to fix a tooth crown. In the medical field, profiling, smoothing and milling tools are used in order to drill, profile or smooth the bony material or to remove deposits.
Most of the cutting tools available on the market are tools made from steel of medical quality, which are manufactured at least partially by machining with removal of chips. These tools generally being made for multiple use, inter alia on account of their relatively high manufacturing costs. There is, however, an increasing demand and for disposable tools, i.e. for once-only use, on account of the risks of the transmission of diseases, but also because of the costs of the sterilization of reusable tools.
RU-C-2 167 618 discloses a disposable needle-type drill for bone tissue. The drill comprises a casing made in the form of a tube or continuos rod with a flat or square portion. A front working part of the drill is provided with cutting members formed as longitudinally arranged needles. This known drill may be used for performing operations in traumatology, neuro-surgery etc.
Drills for the insertion of dental implants, that can be disposed of after each use, are disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 5,839,897. The drill includes a rotational drive portion in the form of a metal rod with a first end and a second end. The first end is intended to be connected to a drilling apparatus. The second end is connected to an active cutting portion made of plastic overmolded on the second end of the metal rod. The drill further includes a metal insert portion coupled to the active cutting portion to serve as a sharp edge for the active cutting portion.
The disposable rotary cutting tools disclosed in these prior art documents comprise parts being injection-molded or complexly machined and not making it possible to carry out simple modifications of the tool for different applications. Further more, plastic parts for such tools are usually not readily accepted in invasive applications because of the risks of breakage of the plastic and of the deposit of plastic particles during the surgical operation.
According to one or more embodiments of the present invention, a method is provided for manufacturing disposable rotary cutting tools for dental or medical applications in large series at low cost. According to other embodiments, low cost disposable rotary cutting tools are provided for dental and medical applications that are reliable and safe.
The term “cutting tool” is used to refer, in general, to all rotating tools making it possible to work the bone or tissue by cutting or by abrasion for various functions, such as drilling, milling, smoothing and profiling of, more particularly, a bone, but also a tissue.
According to one embodiment, at least a part of a shank of the tool is formed from a pipe section cut from a metal pipe. A tool head is formed from a metal sheet or tube. The tool shank and the tool head are manufactured separately and assembled together. In one embodiment, the tool shank comprises a fastening connector formed by deformation of the pipe section and the further pipe section, respectively, in an end region away from the tool head.
Advantageously, the modular construction of the tool for once-only use according to this embodiment allows a high degree of versatility in the manufacture of different tools, in that, for example, simply the tool head and/or the tool shank is/are changed. Producing at least a part of the tool shank in the form of a pipe section is highly advantageous in terms of the manufacturing costs in large series. On the other hand, it makes it possible to assemble the tool head and the tool shank by means of simple operations, such as driving in, while at the same time ensuring good mechanical resistance and the absence of the use of plastic in the invasive part of the tool.
A further working of the pipe section, for example by drawing, swaging or stamping, is advantageous in a high volume fabrication.
To detach a cut-out from a metal sheet or a tube section from a metal tube by non-cutting machinery and the forming of the tool head by non-cutting machinery, in particular by punching, swaging or stamping, is inexpensive and generates at the same time the sharp edges for treating the bone or tissue.
Drawn metal pipes, metal sheets and metal tubes are especially well suited for manufacturing the tool shank and the tool head.
Driving the pipe section of the tool shank and the tool head into one another in order to assemble them and especially a force fitting is advantageous from the point of view of the manufacturing costs, while at the same time ensuring high mechanical resistance and therefore safety against the risk of breakage of the tool.
In a further preferred embodiment, the pipe section may be equipped with a small cut-out monitoring window, thus making it possible to take a sample of the drilled bone or tissue or to ascertain whether the tool has already been used or not.
For some applications, the tool head my be formed from more than one cut-out forming blade. Where a plurality of cut-outs are concerned, the cut-outs are advantageously equipped with complementary slots in order to be inserted one into the other and driven into the pipe section.
Further advantageous characteristics may be gathered from the following description and from the accompanying drawings.
The first embodiment of a cutting tool 10 shown in
The tool head 14 is formed by two cut-outs 18 of a drawn metal sheet, that are arranged in a crosswise manner. The cut-outs 18a, 18b are detached form the metal sheet by non-cutting machining, for example by punching. The thereby produced sharp edges are not further machined.
The cut-outs 18a, 18b have an essentially rectangular formed working portion 20 and an adjacent integral rectangular fastening portion 22. A front edge 24 of the working portion 20 is indeed formed to a vertex whereby the front edge portions enclose an obtuse angle.
Furthermore, the cut-outs 18a, 18b comprise complementary slots 26a, 26b, i.e. the cut-out 18a has a slot 26a running along a central axis of the cut-out 18a from the front end of the cut-out 18a to the middle of the cut-out 18a, and the cut-out 18b has a corresponding slot 26b running from the rear end to the middle. By these slots 26a and 26b, the two cut-outs 18a and 18b can be retracted one into the other to build the tool head 14 with two crosswise arranged blades.
The lateral edges of the working portion 20 of the cut-outs 18a, 18b running in the longitudinal direction comprise four rectangular recesses 28. These recesses 28 serve for the immobilization of a stop 30 in the form of an injection-molded plastic ring at a desired position. For that purpose, the stop 30 comprises on the inside a bead 32 running in a circumferential direction and having four interrupts 34. If the interrupts 34 align with the assembled cut-outs 18a, 18b, the stop 30 can be moved in the longitudinal direction of the tool head to the desired recesses 28. By rotating the stop 30, the bead 32 comes in engagement with the desired recesses 28 and axial movement of the stop 30 is prevented.
In the middle between each of two interrupts 34, the stop 30 comprises protrusions 36 constituting limit stops limiting the rotational movement of the stop 30 relative to the tool head 14.
The width of each fastening portion 22 of the cut-outs 18a, 18b is determined such that the fastening portions 22 of the assembled cut-outs 18a, 18b can be driven into the central duct 38 to a force fitting.
Finally, the first cutting tool 10 comprises a fastening connector body 40 with a cylindrical or conical pin portion 42 that is pressed into a rear end region of the central duct 38 of the pipe section 16 to create a firm connection between the fastening connector body 40 and the pipe section 36. The fastening connector body 40 further comprises a connector portion 44—projecting from the pipe section 16—in the form of a standardized connector for fastening the cutting tool 10 in a drive device. The fastening connector body 40 is advantageously produced by injection-molding of plastic. However, the fastening connector body 40 can be made of other materials such as metal.
A second rotary cutting tool 10, shown in the
The tube section 46 is furthermore stamped, for example by means of profiled rollers, to form annular protuberances 52 serving as reference marks for visualizing the cutting depth.
A bushing 54, for example a section of a further metal tube or of a plastic tube, is inserted into a rear end portion of the tube section 46. A pipe section 16 constituting the tool shank 12, is similarly inserted into the bushing 54. By this, a force-fit connection between the tool head 14, i.e. the tube section 46, and the shank 12, i.e. the pipe section 16, is obtained.
A fastening connector part 40′ is integrally formed with the pipe section for example by die squeezing and/or stamping the pipe section 16.
A comparison of these
The pipe section 16 as shown in
As the tube section 46 of the tool head 14 of the embodiment shown in
The tool head 14 shown in
The tool head 14 is hat-like attached on the front end region of the pipe section 16 in a force fitting manner.
The design of a fourth cutting tool 10 shown in
The tool head 14 and pipe section 16 of a fifth cutting tool 10 shown in
A sixth embodiment of the cutting tool 10 shown in
The tool head consists of two cut-outs 18a, 18b with a rectangular working portion 20 and a rectangular fastening portion 22 with a width greater than the outer diameter of the pipe section 16 and the width of the working portion 20. Consequently slots 26a and 26b of the cut-outs 18a, 18b allow the cross-wise engagement of the cut-outs 18a, 18b as already described in connection with the embodiment shown in
The cut-outs 18a, 18b further comprise lateral slots 64 beginning at the rear end of the fastening portion 22, running in the axial direction of the cutting tool 10 and ending a distance from the front end of the fastening portion 22. When attaching the tool head 14 and the pipe section 16, the wall of the pipe section 16 is inserted into these lateral slots 64.
Also these cut-outs 18a, 18b are manufactured by punching a drawn metal sheet.
A seventh embodiment of the cutting tool 10 shown in
The tool head 14 consist of two cut-outs 18a, 18b with complementary slots 26a and 26b attached in a cross-wise manner. Furthermore, the cut-outs 18a, 18b comprise lateral slots 64—as described in connection with the
The two cut-outs 18a, 18b of the tool head 14 have the form of a brick and comprise complementary slots 26a, 26b to make the cross-wise arrangement possible as well as lateral slots 64 for the wall of the pipe section 16. In contrast to the previously described embodiments where the slots 26a and 26b are of the same length, in the present embodiment the length of the slot 26a is shorter than the length of the slot 26b. The lateral slots 64 go from the rear end of the cut-outs 18a, 18b close to the front edge 24 so that in the assembled state the pipe section 16 ends only a small distance from the front edges 24.
It is further noted that at least one of the protuberances 52 is arranged in the lateral slots 64 to give by means of a force fitting stability to the small tongue-like parts of the cut-outs 18a, 18b arranged radially outside of the pipe section 16.
A ninth embodiment of the cutting tool 10 shown in the
The cut-outs 18a and 18b comprise complementary slots 26a, 26b for the cross-wise arrangement of the cut-outs 18a, 18b to the tool head 14. The protruding working portions 20 of the cut-outs 18a, 18b have the form of an isosceles triangle with cut basis corners. Seen in the radial direction, the working portions 20 project from the pipe section 16 only for a very small amount.
As best shown in
The further pipe section 56 comprises in the front end region a contraction 68 created for example by stamping or swaging. Also this contraction 68 simplifies the introduction of the further pipe section 56 into the pipe section 16, since the contraction 68 does not build a force fitting with the pipe section 16. The force fitting is built in a region following the contraction 68.
A fastening connector body 40, without a passage 62, is driven into the rear end region of the further pipe section 56.
The pipe section 16 and the further pipe section 56 of a tenth embodiment of the cutting tool 10, shown in the
As already described in connection with other embodiments also the two cut-outs 18a and 18b of the present embodiment comprise complementary slots 26a, 26b. The approximately rectangular working portion 20 with chamfered front corners comprises radially protruding teeth 70 offset in the axial direction, in order to make it possible to form a screw thread in the bone. In the assembled state the rectangular fastening portions 22 of the cut-outs 18a 18b are located completely in the duct 38 of the pipe section 16.
For most applications, it will be sufficient to have two inserted blades in the form of cut-outs 18a, 18b. It is possible, however, to produce cutting tools 10 with three or four inserted cut-outs 18a, 18b, 18c, 18d such as the embodiment shown in the
The cut-out 18a comprises only one central slot 26a beginning at the front end of the cut-out 18a. The slot 26a is in the first three-fourths of its length wider than in the last fourth. The cut-out 18b has two slots, a slot 26a beginning at the front end of the cut-out 18b, equally wide as the wider part of the slot 26a in the cut-out 18a, and a slot 26b beginning at the rear end and equally wide as the smaller part of the slot 26a of the cut-out 18a. The cut-out 18c also comprises two slots, a small slot beginning at the front end and a wide slot beginning at the rear end. The rear slot ends—in the assembled state of the tool head 14—by the closed end of slot 26a of the cut-out 18b. The cut-out 18d has only one small slot 26b beginning at the rear end of this cut-out. The widths of the slots 26a and 26b are chosen such that the cut-outs 18a and 18b can be assembled in a 90° position relative to each other and such that the cut-outs 18c and 18d can be assembled in a 90° position as well as with an offset of 45° in respect of the cut-outs 18a and 18b.
The assembled tool head 14 is then driven, with the rear end of the fastening portion 22 in front, into the pipe section 16, having the same design as that shown in
The fastening connector portion 40′ of all respective embodiments may have an axial passage for the supply of fluid into the duct 38 and to the tool head 14. The metal parts of all embodiments are preferably made from steel of medical quality.
In all disclosed embodiments, the parts of the cutting tools 10 are connected by force fit. The parts may be likewise be fastened by welding, for example by ultrasonic welding, bonding or form fit. Thus, it is possible to locally deform assembled parts, for example by applying a radially inwardly directed force in order to strengthen the force fit or to create a form fit.
The different embodiments of the cutting tools 10 according to the present invention are based on a modular construction system that allows the manufacture of a variety of different cutting tools 10 by using a relative small number of different parts.