CONCORD, Mass. ‚â€” Dassault SystƒÂ¨mes SolidWorks Corp. (DS SolidWorks) (Nasdaq: DASTY) announced that a new surgical device designed in SolidWorks‚Â® 3D CAD software provides the precision of a scalpel and the bleeding control of traditional electrosurgery without causing heat damage to surrounding tissues. PEAK Surgical Inc.‚â€™s PEAK PlasmaBlade‚â„¢ 4.0, a low-temperature surgical cutting and coagulation tool that is part of the PEAK‚Â® Surgery System, was recently granted clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in general surgery.
The PEAK Surgery System also includes the PULSAR‚â„¢ generator, which delivers plasma (energy) in short controlled bursts to the PlasmaBlade. Results of preclinical trials have shown that surgical incision healing and strength were significantly improved with the PlasmaBlade compared with traditional electrosurgical devices and that the PlasmaBlade was associated with minimal scarring and inflammation. PEAK Surgical standardized on SolidWorks software to incorporate ample ergonomic and functional feedback from several surgeons into the final design of the PlasmaBlade.
SolidWorks‚â€™ surfacing capabilities enabled PEAK Surgical engineers to make slight changes to the grip of the PlasmaBlade to ensure the device felt right to surgeons. Advanced sheet metal tools allowed engineers to accurately model parts so they could see how they would be made and how they would look.
PEAK Surgical used SolidWorks Workgroup PDM software to ensure version control while enabling engineers to work on different parts of the same design at the same time. PEAK Surgical engineers also used SolidWorks SimulationXpress to ensure the tip of the PlasmaBlade could stand up to a variety of different stresses.