Hip joint prosthetics, like most prosthetics are not one size fit all.
Advancements in 3D printing technologies such has Direct Laser Metal
Sintering (DLMS) have allowed for lower cost, custom, metallic implants.
Reliability, durability, and fatigue resistance are critical for
implant survivability in a patient. Fatigue and force testing is
required to comply with ISO 7206-4, 6 and PI-58 (ISO 7206-8), and ASTM F
2580 test specification for hip implants. By incorporating load cells
with amplifiers incorporating digital and analog signal output
capabilities, tests can be easily automated and recorded for compliance
FUTEK’s Universal Pancake Load Cell (LCF300) coupled with FUTEK’s IDA100 Digitally Configurable Amplifier.
The femoral stem of a prosthetic hip joint is fastened into a test fixture. The femoral head is then attached to special acetabular cup.
A LCF300 universal pancake load cell is then mounted between the acetabular cup and a linear actuator for applied force measurement during testing.
During testing, the signal from the LCF300 load cell is sent to the IDA100 Digitally Configurable Amplifier. The IDA100 generates an amplified analog signal that can be fed back into the test setup PLC for closed-loop control
The digital signal from the IDA100 is streamed over USB to FUTEK’s SENSIT™ software for display/logging/and graphing for compliance with ISO 7206-4, 6 and PI-58 (ISO 7206-8), and ASTM F 2580.
The IDA100 is capable of digital configuration, allowing sensor calibration and amplifier gain and span settings all controllable from a PC equipped with SENSIT.
The LCF300 is one of FUTEK’s sensors least sensitive to extraneous loads. In scenarios with extraneous loading, the LCF300 provides accurate test data when perfect in-line measurement is not an option.
Optionally, the MTA500 multi-axis load cell can be used to measure forces along the Z axis and moments about the X and Y axes.