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DePuy Pin Puller

DePuy Pin Puller

The Problem

DePuy required a solution to meet surgeons’ demands for a pin puller that was easy to use, allowing effortless removal of pins from hard cortical bone. DePuy needed an independent orthopaedic design resource that would understand the nature of the existing product and offer something more functional in a clinical setting. The project was initiated with the intention of developing a single custom instrument. DePuy set stringent time and budget guidelines with specific functionality targets. This project called for a trusted company with a proven track record for results; Enztec was the logical candidate.

The Process

Enztec initiated the full design and management of the entire project. Given their established relationship with DePuy, minimal input was needed. The starting point for the project was a preliminary design concept and collaboration with engineers. From there, a final product concept was devised. This encompassed all the client’s expectations, while adhering to regulatory and quality requirements. The entire project was achieved within the engineering parameters specified. Within only two days of commencement, a mock-up of the working instrument was presented to DePuy– from this a comprehensive design was compiled, and a fully functional prototype delivered. Enztec was also responsible for the final manufacture of 10 definitive instruments.

The Outcome

Enztec’s solution far exceeded that imagined by DePuy and the surgeon. As a result of great innovation and creativity a new style of pin puller was released. The IP relating to this product is secured by DePuy, with Enztec being credited as a co-inventor for their design input.

This pin puller has now been released worldwide as part of the DePuy Synthes Attune® Intuition™ Instrument set.

“We have found Enztec very easy to deal with and they have always shown high commitment in achieving tight deadlines whilst maintaining quality of output.”

 Engineering Manager, DePuy

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