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US6818063: Stent mandrel fixture and method for minimizing coating defects

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Inventor(s) Cameron Kerrigan ·
Assignee(s) Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Cameron K. Kerrigan · Squire, Sanders & Dempsey ·
Primary Examiner J. A. Lorengo ·
Assistant Examiner Michelle Acevedo Lazor ·
Application Number US10254203
Filing date 09/24/2002
Issue date 11/16/2004
Predicted expiration date 11/02/2022
Patent term adjustment 39
U.S. Classifications 118/500  · 427/228  · 427/23  ·
International Classifications --
Kind CodeB1
International Classifications 623 146- 148 · 118500 · 118DIG 11 · 295272 · 427 23 · 427 228 · 606194 · 269 481 · 269 52 ·
11 Claims, 4 Drawings


Abstract

A stent mandrel fixture for supporting a stent during the application of a coating substance is provided.

Independent Claims | See all claims (11)

  1. 1. An apparatus for supporting a stent during the process of applying a coating substance to the stent, comprising: a mandrel having a hollow tubular body and pores disposed on the surface of the mandrel, the pores extending through the body and configured to receive a coating substance; a vacuum device in fluid communication with the mandrel for extracting the coating substance that is applied to the stent; and a coupling for allowing the mandrel to rotate with respect to the vacuum device.
  2. 4. An apparatus, comprising: a first member to support a first end of a stent; a second member to support a second end of the stent; a third member connecting the first member to the second member and extending through a longitudinal bore of the stent, the third member having a longitudinal bore, and the third member having pores on a surface of the third member, the pores extending all the way through the surface to the bore; and a vacuum device in fluid communication with the bore of the third member to apply a vacuum pressure so as to extract any excess coating substance that is applied to the stent during a process of coating the stent.
  3. 10. A stent coating device, comprising: a mandrel for being inserted at least partially through a longitudinal bore of a stent, the mandrel having a hollow tubular body and pores formed on the surface of the mandrel, the pores extending all the way through the body and configured to receive a coating composition; a vacuum device in fluid communication with the mandrel for collecting excess coating composition that is applied to the stent; and a means for rotating the mandrel about a longitudinal axis of the stent.
  4. 11. A stent coating device, comprising: a mandrel for being inserted at least partially through a longitudinal bore of a stent, the mandrel having a hollow tubular body and pores formed on the surface of the mandrel, the pores extending all the way through the body and configured to receive a coating composition; a vacuum device in fluid communication with the mandrel for collecting excess coating composition that is applied to the stent; a means for rotating the mandrel about a longitudinal axis of the stent; and a means for allowing the mandrel to rotate with respect to the vacuum device.

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