PAK stocks a very wide variety of surgical instrument forgings in order to be able to respond quickly to our customer’s needs. Many of our customers have requested a catalog of these forgings so that this information would be available at the outset of a project.

In using this catalog, it is very important to remember that the geometry of any particular forging is a starting point and not a limitation. We routinely “cut and paste” forgings in order to meet our customer’s needs. Forgings can be lengthened, shortened, and bent very easily. Machined components are very often welded into forgings. So if a particular forging meets some but not all of your criteria, don’t discard it. We can probably modify the forging so that it meets your needs. The important thing to remember is that the geometry of the forging is a starting point and does not in any way limit your design freedom.

The illustration below demonstrates this point. The six widely different instruments pictured were all made from the forging in the center of the photograph.

The catalog has been organized with the designer/engineer in mind. The forgings have first been grouped into families of common use: compressors, distractors, etc. Simply click on the family of instruments mast relevant to your project. Within each family, the instruments are listed by length in millimeters starting with the shortest. Thus, a “distractor 270” would be a distractor forging that is 270mm long. The final number in the forging designation refers to the thickness of the forging at its joint. If there is no joint, then this dimension refers to the thickness at the widest point. Thus, a “distractor 270 12” would be a distractor forging that is 270mm long and 12mm thick at the joint.