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1. (WO2017062516) MEDICAL DEVICES HAVING SMOOTHLY ARTICULATING MULTI-CLUSTER JOINTS
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Pub. No.: WO/2017/062516 International Application No.: PCT/US2016/055586
Publication Date: 13.04.2017 International Filing Date: 05.10.2016
IPC:
A61B 17/00 (2006.01)
Applicants: FLEXDEX, INC.[US/US]; 10421 Citation Drive, Suite 900 Brighton, MI 48116, US
Inventors: LICHT, James, Michael; US
AWTAR, Shorya; US
SHARMA, Deepak; US
ZIMMERMAN, Zachary; US
JOHNSON, Bruce; US
HOLMES, Christopher, K.; US
COSTA, Peter, F.; US
LAROSE, Brian, Douglas; US
SULLIVAN, Randall; US
RANK, Ryan Brook; US
Agent: SHOOP, Richard D.; US
LIMBACH, Douglas, C.; US
GLENN, W., Benjamin; US
ZLOGAR, Thomas, M.; US
SHAY, James, R.; US
Priority Data:
62/237,47605.10.2015US
62/237,48305.10.2015US
Title (EN) MEDICAL DEVICES HAVING SMOOTHLY ARTICULATING MULTI-CLUSTER JOINTS
(FR) DISPOSITIFS MÉDICAUX À JOINTS EN GRAPPES ARTICULÉS AVEC SOUPLESSE
Abstract: front page image
(EN) An articulating joint comprising a multi-cluster joint where every consecutive pair of links is interfaced by a gimbal, which offers rotation about two orthogonal axes within the same plane. Thus, the articulating joint comprises an alternating sequence of links and gimbals. Furthermore, there may be multiple cables attached to one or more of the links. As these cables are selectively pulled and released, one can achieve any desired articulation of the articulating joint. There may be a transmission member extending through the links and gimbals, parallel to the central longitudinal axis of the joint in its nominal non-articulated condition. This transmission member may be either a tension member that is pulled on (e.g. a cable or flexible pull rod) and that loads the articulating joint in compression, or the transmission member may be a flexible push rod that loads the articulating joint in tension.
(FR) Ob décrit un joint d'articulation comprenant un joint en grappes où chaque paire consécutive de liaisons est interfacée par un cardan offrant une rotation autour de deux axes orthogonaux dans le même plan. Ainsi, le joint d'articulation comporte une séquence alternée de liaisons et de cardans. En outre, plusieurs câbles peuvent être fixés à un ou plusieurs des liaisons. Comme ces câbles sont sélectivement tirés ou relâchés, on peut obtenir toutes les articulations désirées du joint d'articulation. Un élément de transmission peut courir à travers les liaisons et les cardans, parallèlement à l'axe longitudinal central du joint d'articulation dans son état nominal non articulé. Cet élément de transmission peut être soit un élément tendeur tiré (par exemple un câble ou tige de traction souple) et qui charge en compression le joint d'articulation, ou bien l'élément de transmission peut être une tige de poussée souple qui charge en tension le joint d'articulation.
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European Patent Office (EPO) (AL, AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HR, HU, IE, IS, IT, LT, LU, LV, MC, MK, MT, NL, NO, PL, PT, RO, RS, SE, SI, SK, SM, TR)
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Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: English (EN)