LPKF laser technology ushers in new era in the medical implant industry

A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted, electronic medical device that provides the sense of sound to people e with hearing loss. In use for a few decades now, the device has enabled or restored hearing for 700,000 people. Now Todoc, a South Korean startup company, has developed a new type of electrode array for these implants with the help of an LPKF ProtoLaser R.

This makes production much more economical and brings Todoc closer to its goal of making the technology accessible to as many people as possible, even in developing countries.

In India and China alone, at least 60,000 children are born deaf every year. Many of them could be helped with a cochlear implant. But the cost of this is high and not feasible for most people.

Todoc, a South Korean startup, has developed and brought to market an innovative cochlear electrode array using a novel manufacturing process. Thanks to LPKF laser systems, it has been possible to accommodate 32 channels on the biocompatible alloy for the first time. The production process was automated as far as possible. This means that all 32 channels can be produced in a single process.

This makes production very economical. Todoc aims to use the new implant to make this otherwise very expensive technology available to many people, including in developing countries.

Learn more about applied production technology with the LPKF ProtoLaser in a application report, which you can download free of charge from the LPKF Knowledge Center.


Application report 'Implantable Neural Interface for Cochlear Implants'