December 2017

Advances in CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) imaging sensor (CIS) module technology are shrinking pixel size, allowing more pixels to fit...

Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping
More than Just Measurement: Dimensional Inspection FAQs

With the ever-increasing influx of automation in the manufacturing industry, the process of prioritizing accurate measurements is needed now more than ever to ensure that...

Microfluidics devices are tiny chips that perform chemical analyses of extremely small volumes of fluids such as blood. Lab-on-a-chip devices, which often use microfluidics,...

Each year, billions of multi-well plates, pipettes, bottles, flasks, vials, Eppendorf tubes, culture plates, and other polymer items are manufactured for use in...

Engineering thermoplastics are widely used to manufacture a broad range of medical devices, from single-use syringes and applicators to...

Silicone Extrusion Equipment

Rosendahl, Pischelsdorf, Austria, offers a line of silicone extrusion equipment designed to provide high flexibility and low scrap rates....

To repair ruptured or pierced organs and tissues, surgeons commonly use staples, sutures and wires to bring and hold the wound edges together so that they can heal. However, these...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Flexible Batteries Make Dental Aids ‘Smart’

Smart 3D printed braces that incorporate nontoxic batteries and lights could reduce the time and costs involved in realigning and straightening teeth.

A probe invented at Rice University that lights up when it binds to a misfolded amyloid beta peptide — the kind suspected of causing Alzheimer's disease — has identified a specific binding...

A new type of pressure sensor is based on micro-optomechanical systems (MOMS) technology. Developed by imec, a research and innovation hub focusing...

By combining engineered polymeric materials known as hydrogels with complex intestinal tissue known as organoids— made from human pluripotent stem cells — researchers have...

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FDA has qualified the first tool under its new Medical Device Development Tool (MDDT) program. According to AAMI, after some 20 years of use, manufacturers of devices...

For someone who wears a cochlear implant, a surgically implanted electronic device that restores a sense of hearing, pitch is only weakly conveyed. A new study could change how...

After a heart attack, there is a dramatic loss of heart muscle cells, known as cardiomyocytes, and those that survive cannot effectively replicate. Researchers have...

Researchers have shown — for the first time — that special bandages using weak electric fields to disrupt bacterial biofilm infection can prevent infections, combat antibiotic...

Researchers are working to create nanofibers that can be used on a bandage or dressing. Through a long process of lab synthesizing, the nanofibers indicate whether a wound has...

The newest generation of stents with medication against vasoconstriction are doing well. They are safe and efficient for most patients, in both the short and the long term. They are biocompatible,...

Researchers have demonstrated a new technique for making piezoelectric microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) by connecting a sample of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) piezoelectric thin...

Scientists from the University of Surrey have developed ‘intelligent’ nanoparticles that heat up to a temperature high enough to kill cancerous cells — but which then self-regulate and...

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Using Robots in Patient Rehabilitation

Researchers have begun to discover preferences in human-robot interactions and the need to personalize those encounters to fit both the human’s preferences and the designated task. The researchers...

R&D: Medical
Nanodiamonds Show Promise for Aiding Recovery from Root Canal

Researchers found in a clinical trial that nanodiamonds protected disinfected root canals after the nerve and pulp were removed, thereby improving the likelihood of a full recovery. The findings are a milestone for the use of nanodiamonds in humans.

Cardiac stem cell therapy is a promising treatment for damaged hearts. However, researchers are still working on two major issues with the therapy – how to keep the stem cells in place and how to...

To treat newborns for treat, the babies lie in incubators. Irradiation with blue light in an incubator is necessary because toxic decomposition products of the blood pigment hemoglobin are deposited in the...

A new type of soft and stretchable sensor could find uses in applications ranging from athletics and health monitoring to prosthetics and virtual reality. The technology, called iSoft, is capable of...

Engineers have found they can make a material that is more than twice as stiff as its natural counterpart and can be shaped into complex structures such as meshes and lattices.

News: Connectivity
Phillips-Medisize Creates a Manufacturing Center of Excellence for Connected Health and Drug-Delivery Devices

Phillips-Medisize, a Molex company, has announced an initial investment to expand the capabilities of its 380,000 sq ft Molex Little Rock facility to include an FDA registered manufacturing Center of Excellence for Connected Health and...

Engineers have developed a smartphone case and app that will make it easier for patients to record and track their blood glucose readings, whether they’re at home or on the go.

Researchers have 3D printed lifelike artificial organ models that mimic the exact anatomical structure, mechanical properties, and look and feel of real organs. These...

A reversible, temperature-sensitive temporary seal changes from a fluid to a super-strong semi-solid when applied to the eye. When the patient is ready for surgery to permanently close the injury,...

A low-cost, rapid test can detect iron and vitamin A deficiencies at the point of care. The small, portable diagnostic system about the size of a lunchbox contains a blood sample...

Researchers are creating a neurochip capable of transmitting a signal to healthy brain cells. The artificial neurochip can be used to replace damaged parts of the brain.

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News: Manufacturing & Prototyping
GI Plastek, Precision Southeast Inc., and Plastics Solutions, Inc. Merge to Form PSI Molded Plastics

GI Plastek, Precision Southeast Inc., and Plastics Solutions, Inc. have merged to form PSI Molded Plastics. The three sister injection molding companies are all owned by Gladstone Investment. With the merger, each of the companies can now share...

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Ralph Bright on the Power of Power Cords

Understanding power system components and how to connect them correctly is critical to meeting regulatory requirements and designing successful electrical products for worldwide markets. Interpower’s Ralph Bright defines these requirements and explains how to know which cord to select for your application.

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