Orthopedic & Spinal Devices, Novel Instrument Design, and Craniofacial Reconstruction

IDT supports clients in the innovative development of new medical implants and specialty surgical instruments. While orthopedic, particularly spinal surgery, has been a focus of our previous projects, we’ve also developed design solutions for other surgical areas. This includes cardiovascular, craniofacial reconstruction and dental surgery.

Specialty instrumentation design is a core focus and is not limited to orthopedic surgery. IDT frequently supports specialty instrumentation design and development in a variety of medical disciplines including cardiovascular, endoscopy, pulmonary, and neurosurgery.

Developing sub-components for surgical tables, frames, housings, and other medical OR equipment, or assisting with drug-delivery devices and revision instruments are additional areas where we support our clients.

More than 20 years in the medical industry have allowed IDT President C. Michael Nilsson (MS, PE) to gain the necessary experience and knowledge for the IDT team to solve all challenges presented to them to date.

After working for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio within the Medical Device Innovations Group, Michael founded IDT to solve some of the toughest engineering design challenges for projects of all sizes in the medical area.

Follow the links below to learn more about our medical device and surgical instrument design capabilities.


IDT creates cutting-edge orthopedic medical devices, drawing inspiration from various fields of engineering and from our extensive experience to solve challenges orthopedic surgeons face in the OR—from repairing torn ligaments to performing spinal surgery.

Specialty Instruments

From designing simple forceps to engineering a full set of complex instrumentation for scoliosis correction, IDT can design specialty instruments for a specific surgical technique or implant system.

Craniofacial and Reconstructive Surgery​

IDT also develops new implants and/or instruments for craniofacial and reconstructive surgery. Current surgical challenges, new surgical techniques or new manufacturing techniques frequently allow for the development of new devices.