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Methods and systems of fabricating a polymeric stent are disclosed herein. Methods are disclosed that include forming a polymeric tube using extrusion, radially deforming the formed tube so that the deformed tube comprises a target diameter, forming a stent from the deformed tube, and forming a stent from the deformed tube. The stent is formed by laser machining a stent pattern in the deformed tube with an ultra-short pulse laser. Disclosed methods further include crimping the stent on a support element, wherein a temperature of the stent during crimping is above an ambient temperature.

Title
Manufacturing process for polymetric stents
Application Number
11/443947
Publication Number
7971333 (B2)
Application Date
May 30, 2006
Publication Date
July 5, 2011
Inventor
Klaus Kleine
Los Gatos
CA, US
Timothy A Limon
Cupertino
CA, US
Anthony J Abbate
Santa Clara
CA, US
Bin Huang
Pleasanton
CA, US
David C Gale
San Jose
CA, US
Agent
Squire Sanders & Dempsey
Assignee
Advanced Cardiovascular Systems
CA, US
IPC
B23P 11/02
B21D 39/00
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