February 2017

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH — UV LED Curing System

Excelitas Technologies, Waltham, MA, has expanded its OmniCure® product line with a higher power UV LED curing system for fiber optic...

Features: Medical
Medical Device Tax: Goodbye and Good Riddance

When the controversial medical device excise tax was introduced more than seven years ago as part of the Affordable Care Act, industry criticized it as a “jobs killer” and predicted that such a tax would essentially wipe out investment in R&D.

Detection of a single photon is a requirement for many research and medical applications, such as fluorescence imaging, single molecule imaging, and luminescence applications. The...

Features: Photonics/Optics
Ultrafast Lasers for Medical Manufacturing

Ultrafast or ultrashort pulse lasers offer unique material processing possibilities, because the laser’s pulse duration is less than the target material’s conduction time. Essentially this means...

Safety and reliability are the key concerns when determining the right power source for a medical device. Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are often considered for their higher...

Today’s medical device designers and OEMs are challenged to meet a wide, and sometimes conflicting, range of requirements. These targets stem not only from regulatory restrictions,...

Diabetes is not only one of the most common chronic diseases, it is also complex and difficult to treat. Insulin is often administered between meals to keep...

We are living through an era of profound change. Technology is affecting this change in ways unthinkable only a decade ago and none more so than in the medical device industry. A tour of life...

Scientists have enlisted the exotic properties of graphene, a one-atom-thick layer of carbon, to function like the film of an incredibly sensitive...

A chip developed by mechanical engineers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA, can trap and identify metastatic cancer cells in a small amount of...

Researchers from the Medical Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (ARMC), Sheffield, UK, are developing an advanced mobility aid that could change the lives of millions of...

For patients with second-degree burns, it’s not always the initial injury that hurts most. The daily, sometimes hours-long bandage changes can be the most excruciating...

People confined to a wheelchair are still confronted with insurmountable obstacles in everyday life — even in today’s more wheelchair-accessible society. There are often no elevators in a building...

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Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, have developed an ultrasound device...

R&D: Medical
Engineers Reveal Fabrication Process for Transparent Sensors

See-through sensors from the University of Wisconsin–Madison will provide neural researchers with a better view of brain activity. The scientists hope to use the transparent, implantable micro-electrode arrays in applications beyond neuroscience, including research of stroke,...

R&D: Medical
Smart Patch Releases Blood Thinner as Needed

A new smart patch from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, precisely releases blood-thinning drugs as needed. The device monitors a patient's blood to prevent thrombosis, the occurrence of blood clots.

R&D: Medical
Shape-Memory Polymer Promises 'Programmable' Applications

In partnership with General Motors, researchers from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, have revealed that honeycomb “cellular” materials support a range of new applications, such as shock-absorbing football helmets and biomedical implants. Without any additional reprocessing,...

R&D: Medical
Headgear Targets Brain Activity

The City University of New York (CUNY), New York, NY, and Soterix Medical, Inc., New York, NY, have released an image-guided neuromodulation device. The EEG-Guided High-Definition tES (HD-tES) targets brain regions associated with neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression and chronic pain.

R&D: Medical
Extracellular Matrix (ECM) Offers Stable Coating for Implants

Each cell produces a tissue-specific extracellular matrix (ECM), depending on the environment needed. A bone matrix, for example, contains minerals to provide firmness; a skin ECM consists mostly of collagen and elastic fibers. The ECM participates in the assembly and regeneration of...

R&D: Medical
ECT Imaging Detects Infections in Prostheses

Current ways of detecting infections in prostheses require patients to undergo burdensome imaging procedures, such as an MRI, CAT scan, or X-rays. Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a new, non-invasive way of providing amputees with quantitative, diagnostic-relevant...

Research into “electronic traps” could mean that patients would be exposed to less radiation when they go to the doctor for certain tests and treatments. The research is...

A diagnostic platform could be a revolutionary approach to healthcare. With a single drop of blood, this ImmunoSignature diagnostic platform can detect diseases that involve an immune...

With the addition of holographic diffusers or frosted glasses to wavefront modulators, researchers offer a simple and practical solution to significantly enhance the...

A molecular diagnostic system can identify dangerous bacteria such as E. coli, staph infections, and even some superbugs. The test can produce results within two hours using blood, urine,...

Manufacturing USA is working. That’s the overarching conclusion of a third-party assessment conducted by Deloitte with funding from the U.S. Department of Defense. According to the...

Three-dimensional printing technology makes it possible to rapidly manufacture objects by depositing layer upon layer of polymers in a precisely determined pattern. Once these objects are...

INSIDER: Connectivity
Cost Competitiveness of US Manufacturing Improving

The cost competitiveness of US manufacturing has been improving significantly over the past decade, compared with many of its biggest trading partners—most notably China, according to the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). In terms of direct costs, in fact, the US playing field is essentially...

Using highly detailed imaging from CT scans, mechanical engineers are using 3D printers to make an exact model of an individual patient’s heart valve. The models are created by...

Researchers have developed a magnetic drug implant that could offer an alternative for patients struggling with numerous pills or intravenous injections. The device, a silicone sponge...

Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), which is ubiquitously used as a solid lubricant, has recently been shown to have a two-dimensional form that is similar to...

A thermally conductive rubber material represents a breakthrough for creating soft, stretchable machines and electronics. The new material, nicknamed “thubber,”...

Researchers are developing a small, portable blood-adhesion monitor for sickle cell disease patients. The engineers and doctors hope to make the device as useful as the...

Figuring out how brittle materials inside a device behave, and fail, is one goal of Sandia National Laboratories’ Brittle Materials Assurance Prediction Program (BritMAPP). The program,...

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