Design of a compliant endoscopic suturing instrument

James A. Cronin IV, Mary I. Frecker, Abraham Mathew

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Abstract

This paper outlines the development and initial optimization of a compliant endoscopic suturing instrument. The developing field of Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery requires innovative instruments to meet the size limitations inherent in this type of minimally invasive surgery; using compliant mechanisms is proposed as one method of meeting this requirement. Three initial compliant designs were created, modeled, and compared for a distal opening of 10 mm. Restricting these designs so that they must fit within a 3.3 mm working channel is currently unique in endoscopic suturing instruments. A design that utilizes contact for stress relief and intertwining parts for added deflection was selected from the three. ANSYS® was used to aid in graphical optimization to maximize the jaw opening and maximize the puncture force of the selected design. The best geometry has a distal opening of 13.8 mm at the tips and can supply a puncturing force of 6.33 N. A prototype has been machined using the optimized dimensions and is ready to be tested. This initial study in compliant suturing instrument designs has revealed response patterns for the chosen geometries that will lead to further refinements and improvements in future models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2007 Proceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, DETC2007
Pages625-635
Number of pages11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 17 2008
Event31st Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, presented at - 2007 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE2007 - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Duration: Sep 4 2007Sep 7 2007

Publication series

Name2007 Proceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, DETC2007
Volume8 PART A

Other

Other31st Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, presented at - 2007 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE2007
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas, NV
Period9/4/079/7/07

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation

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