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Reciprocating Bone Saw: Effect of Blade Speed on Cutting Rate

[+] Author Affiliations
Timothy B. Lannin, Matthew P. Kelly, Thomas P. James

Tufts University, Medford, MA

Paper No. IMECE2011-62457, pp. 767-771; 5 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 3: Design and Manufacturing
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, November 11–17, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5489-1
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


Power reciprocating saws are used in surgical procedures to cut bone. Improved cutting rates are desirable in order to reduce operative time and improve patient outcome. A fixture was developed to test the effect of blade speed on cutting rate of bovine cortical bone. It was hypothesized that the volumetric cutting rate would increase in a linear manner for a fixed stroke length and a constant thrust force. A 7.0 N thrust force was applied. The reciprocating stroke length was held constant at 3.0 mm. Using an 18 TPI blade, cutting rate was determined to increase in a slightly non-linear manner, with disproportionately higher cutting rate at higher blade speeds. The data implies that a higher reciprocating frequency may invoke more efficient cutting.

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