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Process Development Centers

Dedicated. Experienced. Refined.

At Norman Noble’s PDCs, our engineers have the resources and equipment required to develop a custom process for next generation medical implant, component and device designs.

Dedicated Areas, Specialized Engineers and the Technology to Ensure the Right Design

Norman Noble’s Process Development Centers (PDCs) support the manufacturing of implants, components and devices from initial prototype through FDA approval and full production requirements. Our experienced engineering team develops the processes to provide customers with the most cost effective, highest quality products. And our proprietary manufacturing and finishing technologies enable us to bring to market products that might otherwise be considered cost prohibitive or unable to be manufactured using standard available manufacturing methods.

Our 5 PDCs are located in Highland Heights, Ohio and Naples, Florida and include:

  • Laser Machining and Welding
  • Swiss Turning and Milling
  • NiTinol Shape Setting
  • 5-Axis Contour Milling
  • Surface Finishing and Electropolishing

Faster. Smarter. Better.

Fast Prototyping

Dedicated Process Development Centers for prototype manufacturing in 5 days

In-House Expertise

We integrate our own equipment with our experienced team of engineers

Always Customized

The right process developed for each unique manufacturing challenge

Laser Machining and Welding

Our Laser Process Development Center leads the world in providing the technical capabilities and experience required to enable manufacturing of the most innovative medtech implant designs. Norman Noble integrates our own laser system technologies within our PDC, which ensures our lasers have capabilities that are faster and more precise than equipment available on the open market. Our PDC capacity includes 9 unique laser systems (STEALTH, FIBER, ND:YAG) fully-dedicated to manufacturing prototype parts, and our team of 8 laser engineering technicians and programmers develop the systems and parameters for each project’s success.

Swiss Turning and Milling

Norman Noble’s Swiss Turning & Milling Process Development Centers include a facility in Cleveland, Ohio and Naples, Florida. Both of our PDCs include 2 state-of-the-art Swiss Turning machines for the most complex prototype parts. Our team of 6 engineering technicians and programmers across 2 facilities collaborate to integrate the equipment, technologies and processes required to manufacture next-gen medtech implant designs. An experienced team maintains a prototype-to-production mindset to ensure each prototype process can be optimized once transferred into production.

Nitinol Shape Setting

Norman Noble’s Process Development Center (PDC) for nitinol shape-setting is state-of-the-art, utilizing the newest automated process technologies and engineering expertise. This area includes a team of 5 highly-skilled technicians and 3 Nitinol engineering experts who develop custom tooling and processes for the most complex nitinol design geometries. Our PDC includes 6 shape-set furnaces and AF test equipment dedicated for prototype manufacturing and process development activities.

5-Axis Contour Milling

Norman Noble’s 5-Axis Contour Milling Process Development Centers include a facility in Cleveland, Ohio and Naples, Florida. Both of our PDC’s include a 5-axis Contour Milling machine for manufacturing the most complex prototype designs complete in a single operation. Our team of 4 engineering technicians and programmers across 2 facilities collaborate to integrate the equipment technologies and processes required to manufacture next-gen medtech implant designs. Our experienced team maintains a prototype-to-production mindset to ensure each prototype process can be optimized once transferred into production.

Surface Finishing and Electropolishing

Norman Noble’s Process Development Center for Surface Finishing and Electropolishing is one of the largest in the world. Our experienced team of Engineers develops custom automated processes using chemical and mechanical finishing to achieve unique surface finish requirements for Class 3 medical implants. Our automated electropolishing systems are designed in–house within our PDC areas and used for manufacturing prototype parts and developing automated processes that can be validated for production. Our team of technicians performs process optimization activities prior to design freeze and validation. Our automated dedrossing systems are also designed and used for prototype parts. In addition, our automated chemical polishing and cleaning lines are designed and tested in this area.