January 2017

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH — Magnetic Hyperthermia System

MSI Automation, Wichita, KS, has introduced a magnetic hyperthermia system for the magnetic heating of nanoparticles. The system...

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We often imagine that inventions are born whole: Thomas Edison creates the incandescent light bulb and lights up Christie Street in Menlo Park on New Year’s Eve,...

They are vitally important, make therapy possible, and they have become an integral part in hospitals or home-care settings: medication and feeding pumps supply patients with essential...

Among the challenges faced by the healthcare sector is a population that is growing older. The elderly population is expected to grow significantly over the next 20 years. Having an...

A number of medical applications need high-speed actuation in the lower load band. Many OEMs use pneumatic actuators or electric solenoids for this purpose; however, these options do not...

At St. Jude Medical, ventricle assist devices are developed to improve the lives of patients with heart failure. Numerical simulation is used...

Design validation is one of the most important aspects of the design and development process for medical devices. It is at this stage that the medical device manufacturer confirms that the device...

A skin-like biomedical technology that uses a mesh of conducting nanowires and a thin layer of elastic polymer might bring new electronic bandages that monitor biosignals...

Glass fibers do everything from connecting us to the Internet to enabling keyhole surgery by delivering light through an endoscope. But as versatile as today’s fiber optics are,...

Material can change shape and size when exposed to a relatively small electric field.

A multi-institutional research team has...

New device provides a cheaper, easier way to detect levels of chloride in sweat.

Scientists have developed a new diagnostic test for cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder...

A new sensor hub integrated as a system-on-chip (SoC) has been designed for use in a broad range of wearable health devices and applications. The SoC was developed by...

Implanted medical devices such as left ventricular-assist devices for patients with heart failure or other support systems for patients with respiratory, liver, or other end organ...

Besides radiotherapy and chemotherapy, the standard procedure for treating brain tumors includes the surgical removal of all or some of the growth. This surgery calls for precision and...

As 2016 came to a close, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the 21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 392–26, and the Senate passed it by a vote of...

A researcher has devised a way to incorporate new color identifications in ultrasound medical images, making it easier to differentiate fine details that currently appear...

A device from Yale University researchers aims to simplify the process of placing a central venous catheter, or central line, in patients. The Ballistra Guidewire Advancer allows the physician to...

Using motion capture technology and data from wearable devices, North Carolina State University researchers developed an energy-efficient way of tracking a user's physical...

Researchers from Wyss Institute have revealed a scalable method for building biomaterials from protein structures known as "amyloids." Ongoing work in the lab will focus on...

A team of mechanical engineers at the University of California San Diego has successfully used acoustic waves to move fluids through small channels at the nanoscale. The devices employing the...

A transparent sensor on a contact lens could enable Type 1 diabetes patients to monitor their blood glucose levels and even control their insulin infusions. The sensor uses a nanostructured...

A research team has demonstrated that they can effectively measure pulse transit time (PTT), a marker of cardiovascular health, using a specially modified weight scale more...

A noninvasive technique, called electroencephalography (EEG) based brain-computer interface, has the potential to help millions of people who are paralyzed or have...

Electronic components that can be elongated or twisted — known as “stretchable” electronics — could soon be used to power medical devices and other products. And a 3D...

Widespread ownership of smartphones could potentially transform cardiovascular research by providing rapid, large-scale, and real-time measurement of individuals’ physical...

Engineers have created a new format of solids made from silk protein that can be preprogrammed with biological, chemical, or optical functions, such as mechanical components...

Premold Corp., Oconomowoc, WI, has added a second location in Monterrey, Mexico. The factory started pilot production in October 2016 and full production in December 2016. Premold is a custom reaction...

Medical implants like stents, catheters, and tubing introduce risk for blood clotting and infection — a perpetual problem for many patients. To address this, researchers have developed a...

Treatment for certain diabetes cases involves constant monitoring of blood-glucose levels and daily insulin shots. But scientists are now developing a painless “smart” patch that monitors...

For the first time, engineers have woven a “smart” fabric that mimics the sophisticated and complex properties of the bone tissue periosteum. Having achieved proof of concept, the researchers are now...

Former Mythbuster Jamie Hyneman will present the 2017 keynote address at MD&M West. He will speak at noon on February 7, the first day of the event. The show runs February 7–9 at the Anaheim...

We’ve extended the voting deadline to January 31 to give you an opportunity to cast your vote for the Readers’ Choice Product of the Year Award for 2016. Each month, the editors of Medical Design...

On a recent tour of bioscience companies in the East Valley area of Phoenix, AZ, I visited AniCell Biotech, a company dedicated to extending the lives of animals through...

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Dan Sanchez on How to Improve Extruded Components

Improving extruded components requires careful attention to a number of factors, including dimensional tolerance, material selection, and processing. Trelleborg’s Dan Sanchez provides detailed insights into each of these considerations to help you advance your device innovations while reducing costs and speeding time to market.

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