Ivy Tech Warsaw’s Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center recently received a donation from Zimmer Biomet of 1,999 bars of density medical grade polyethylene, worth more than $100,000. As the “Orthopedic Capital of the World,” Warsaw’s manufacturing industry is vital to the local economy, and machine and technology education programs at Ivy Tech Warsaw are integral to the manufacturing workforce pipeline.
This type of polyethylene is used extensively in a number of different orthopedic joints and will be used in a variety of Ivy Tech classes. The donated polyethylene will help make machine parts in the CNC Production Machinist CT and TC programs and the Machine Tool Technology CT, TC, and AAS programs.
“Zimmer Biomet is one of the world’s leaders in effective, innovative solutions that support orthopedic surgeons and clinicians in alleviating pain and improving the quality of life for people around the world,” said Tom Till, Program Director of Automation and Robotics Technology at Ivy Tech Warsaw. “We are thankful for this donation and delighted that we can provide our students with the opportunity to experience machining medical grade plastics in addition to machining different metals.”