Department - Author 1

Industrial Technology

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Industrial Technology



Primary Advisor

Louis Tornatzky


The project that I have undertaken is to improve upon an existing machine and process at Applied Medical, a medical device company. The machine is used to drill four holes into the body of a catheter. The holes are located on a linear axis, rotated 90 degrees apart from each other. Currently, the machine utilizes a traditional drill bit to create the four holes. This creates burrs along the holes, which increases the manufacturing time because a worker must remove them. The project calls for the use of a laser to replace the drill bit. The machine designed through this project effectively decreases the occurrence of burrs by vaporizing the excise material, thus decreasing production time. Each catheter will be manually loaded onto the motor shaft, which will then hold and rotate the catheter through the duration of the drilling procedure. This report documents the design of the machine and the selection of its components.