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In the Medical/Dental Category for AM components, a Grand Prize has been awarded to 3DEO Inc., for a MIM-17-4 PH stainless steel clevis, the primary component in a wristed end-effector assembly used in robotic minimally invasive surgery.

The stainless steel clevis interfaces with multiple components to enable controlled articulation of remote surgical tools inside the body. A hybrid AM approach is used to make the parts that offer robustness and accuracy of CNC machining and the scalability of MIM.

17-4 PH stainless steel is typically utilized in applications that require a high degree of strength and corrosion resistance such as surgery.