Fastener cartridge assembly comprising a cam and driver arrangement

  • US 10,842,489 B2
  • Filed: 04/27/2016
  • Issued: 11/24/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/31/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A staple cartridge configured to be contained within a channel of a stapling device that has a sled that is selectively actuatable in an axial direction and an anvil portion that is selectively movable between open and closed positions to produce a different opening between the anvil portion and said staple cartridge in the open and closed positions, said staple cartridge comprising:

  • a plurality of staples;

    a cartridge body supportable within the stapling device for selective confronting relationship with the anvil portion thereof when in a closed position;

    a first staple driver movably supported within said cartridge body for contact by the sled such that, as the sled is axially advanced through said cartridge body, said first staple driver is configured to be driven in a direction toward the anvil portion when the anvil portion is in the closed position, and wherein said first staple driver defines more than one staple forming distance defining at least one first formed staple height; and

    a second staple driver movably supported within said cartridge body for contact by the sled such that, as the sled is advanced through said cartridge body, said second staple driver is configured to be driven in said direction toward the anvil portion when the anvil portion is in the closed position, wherein said second staple driver defines more than one staple forming distance, and wherein at least one of said staple forming distances of said second staple driver is different than any of said staple forming distances of said first staple driver and defines at least one second formed staple height which is different than said at least one first formed staple height.

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