ICS Medical prototyping capabilities utilising their class-leading technology and facilities.

Catheter Prototyping

We supply prototypes for braided, coiled shafts and sub-assemblies and excel in the complex shafts and devices used in structural heart, coronary, electrophysiology, endoscopic and peripheral vascular applications.

Customers value our quick turnaround times and the simplicity that comes with dealing directly with an engineer.

catheter bond assembly at ICS Medicals Facilities

Flexible and responsive

Our catheter prototypes are tailored to your needs – from quick mock-ups for bench testing, concept evaluation or show and tell; to high-end, high-quality prototypes for lab trials, bench trials, investor review or design freeze evaluation and testing.

Our experienced engineers will ask the technical questions you may not have asked yet. If we see an area for improvement to the design or if we see an opportunity for improvement for design for manufacture (DFM) we will provide the input up front.

Speak to one of our engineers about how our design processes and expertise can help accelerate your product along its development lifecycle.

1 Input

We start off with your input – anything from an idea or a concept which we can collaborate on, to a fully developed build-to-print specification, – or anywhere in between!

2 Review & Advise
Review and Advise

Our dedicated engineering team will review the requirements and, where feasible and appropriate, provide engineering and DFM input into the Catheter design specification. Our customers value that we are consistent in our rapid, high-standard engagement and input.

3 Prototype

There is nothing like seeing your very own idea move from an idea to a physical item. Our skilled technicians and experienced engineers will construct the catheter prototype utilising our class-leading technology and facilities.

4 Output (Result)
Output (Result)

The final output is your prototype; your idea in your hands. We can supply the part directly to you and/or we can complete testing in our labs, providing the engineering data back to you. The next stage is to test and iterate until your product is ready for manufacture.

Prototyping Capabilities

At ICS Medical Devices we employ cutting edge technologies and techniques to ensure our customers receive the highest standard of prototypes.

  • Braiding
  • Coiling
  • Thermal Reflow
  • Catheter shaft Assembly
  • Laser Welding
  • Thermal Bonding
  • Tipping
  • Forming
  • Testing
  • Prototype Hydrophilic Coating
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Adhesive & UV Curing
  • Pad Printing

Benefits of Prototyping

Our experienced prototyping team look to bring your design to life and manage the successful creation of complex medical device prototypes. Prototyping is a fundamental part of the design and development process of medical devices, as it allows you the opportunity to test and review the concept and identify areas for further improvement. Often these issues only present when you can physically hold and challenge the prototype.

The key benefits of prototyping include:

  • Accelerate the process of bringing your idea to market.
  • Get high-quality medical device samples quickly.
  • Confirm the device is viable – meets its intended requirements.
  • Test the market with your product before production.
  • Save time and money by identifying and eliminating design flaws earlier.
  • Ability to test technology integrations.
  • Provides assurances that the device will meet required regulations.
  • Improve and streamline the production process.

Our success is linked to yours

We value each and every one of our customers, and this can be measured in our response time and the quality of that response. No customer is too big or too small – what matters to us is customers with innovative ideas and an aspiration to be leading market players.

Throughout the process we act as your partner. Our expertise becomes your expertise, our experience becomes your experience.

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Case Studies

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Customer A needed a prototype to critique an idea they had for an improvement to their product. The customer was rapidly approaching a design freeze but the idea potentially offered them an advantage in the market. They came to ICS Medical Devices looking for a fast-turn, low-budget prototype to evaluate the idea and allow them build some data to bring into the design decision making process.

Our team ran some quick trials and tests using on-hand material, and after a quick onsite review with the customer to redefine some specifications based on initial observations, we fabricated prototypes and presented to customer along with engineering data and options for future improvements.

This was completed within two weeks (using on-hand materials). Our customer successfully integrated the design improvements we suggested, thus improving their product and their opportunity for success in the market.

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Customer B had a product in early stage production but was encountering challenges with their supply chain and was looking for alternate solutions to safeguard their product and the product’s commercial release.


After a technical review of the design and the device construction with the ICS Medical Devices team, we proposed an alternative way of achieving the device specification. The proposal was to combine a number of components into a single assembly to be supplied by ICS, with the win for the customer being fewer suppliers and sourced components, a complex assembly process replaced by a single-sourced assembly from ICS, shorter supply chain and cost reduction of 15% for the overall assembly.


We specified and sourced components, completed initial development, generated engineering data to support critical bonds and functional features performance, completed sub-assemblies and the final assembly and supplied to the customer with full product device history record and controls, thereby successfully meeting all product requirements.


With this successful development and supply of prototypes, the customer was now able to proceed with confidence to make supply chain changes, thus improving their product supply and future logistics for their product.

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