Abstract: A milling apparatus is disclosed which includes a milling machine having a milling cutter which is sealingly isolated from the milling machine within an enclosed work area, a support fixture disposed within the enclosed work area for supporting a work piece, and a mechanism for moving the milling cutter along a predetermined path relative to the work piece. Preferably, the milling apparatus is employed to cut bone into small fragments for subsequent utilization, and the sealed isolation of the milling cutter inhibits cross-contamination between differing work pieces.
November 21, 1995
Date of Patent:
March 4, 1997
Michael Dowd, Nelson Scarborough, Mark Daugherty
Abstract: A center-drive lathe has a longitudinally elongated machine base having a front, a back, and a pair of longitudinally spaced ends. A centerstock is generally centrally mounted on the front of the base and a pair of guides on the front of the base extend longitudinally at least from the centerstock to the ends of the base. Respective carriages are displaceable longitudinally along the guides between the ends and the centerstock so that a workpiece can be spanned in and rotated by the centerstock and worked by tools held on the carriages. A stack of interconnected telescoping plates including one end plate connected to one of the carriages and another end plate connected to the other carriage extends over the guides and past the centerstock between the carriages. The guides are thus covered between the carriages by the telescoping stack of plates.
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