Articulatable surgical instrument comprising a firing drive

  • US 9,687,230 B2
  • Filed: 03/14/2013
  • Issued: 06/27/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/14/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A shaft assembly for use with a surgical instrument, said shaft assembly comprising:

  • a shaft;

    an end effector;

    an articulation joint connecting said end effector to said shaft;

    a firing driver movable relative to said end effector;

    an articulation driver configured to articulate said end effector about said articulation joint; and

    a clutch collar configured to selectively engage said articulation driver to said firing driver to impart the movement of said firing driver to said articulation driver.

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