Firing member pin configurations

  • US 10,856,868 B2
  • Filed: 12/21/2016
  • Issued: 12/08/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/21/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A surgical instrument, comprising:

  • a firing member movable through a firing stroke to deploy staples during the firing stroke, wherein said firing member comprises;

    a longitudinal drive portion; and

    a cam extending laterally from said longitudinal drive portion; and

    an anvil jaw, comprising;

    longitudinal rows of forming pockets; and

    a longitudinal anvil slot, comprising;

    a center portion configured to receive said longitudinal drive portion of said firing member, wherein said center portion defines a vertical center portion axis; and

    a lateral opening extending laterally from said center portion, wherein said lateral opening is configured to receive said cam, wherein said lateral opening defines a horizontal lateral opening axis which is perpendicular to said vertical center portion axis, wherein said horizontal lateral opening axis is non-curved, and wherein said lateral opening comprises a closed lateral end, and wherein said closed lateral end is entirely curved.

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