Isometric Cos. Inc. is unveiling a new division, Isometric Micro Molding Inc., to concentrate on medical micromolding services.
“We have all the tooling, molding and metrology all in one place. That allows us to control the quality all through the process and also the timing — you don't have to outsource,” said Donna Bibber, vice president of business development at New Richmond, Wis.-based Isometric, in a phone interview.
She said that the services are vertically integrated into the same facility in New Richmond, which is located near the Minnesota border on the west side of the state. Isometric is able to do the tooling inhouse, as well as micromold the part, run an automated cell and also test via the computerized tomography (CT) scan method.
The company will serve customers in the United States dealing with the intraocular, vascular, neuromodulation, orthopedic and drug delivery markets.
Bibber, a longtime micromolding expert, joined Isometric in 2013. But the company got its start in micromolding tooling in 1990 with the formation of Isometric Tool & Design Inc. The firm also added new molding machinery as well as clean room space. The new combination occupies 33,000 square feet of space and has 60 employees.
She said that the company has five Sodick micromolding machines and automation to handle full drug delivery systems. Another asset is a Werth CT scanner, which allows for non-contact scanning.
“You can't make it if you can't measure it,” said Bibber, noting that it is a mantra for the micro industry.
She said that having a vertically integrated system it allows for much more transparency in the process, and that helps medical device companies maintain and monitor their products.
Some of the devices that the company has worked on include transdermal patches, sheaths, anchors, capillaries, robotic surgery and neurovascular implants.
“One of the largest, publicly traded medical device companies in the world traveled the globe in search of a micromolding firm capable of singular micron tolerance molding and selected Micro Molding Inc. because of our precision tooling and transparent customer service — both critical to medical device design history filing,” said Isometric President Michael Hudalla in a statement.