February 2018

For many of us, life is complicated enough without having to be constantly reminded about our medical situations. Living with a disease that requires frequent doctor visits and...

Active thermal management is vital in a number of medical device applications including patient core temperature management, skin cooling, medical device cooling, and laboratory...

A design engineer at a dental equipment company is handed a challenging assignment. The firm’s development team must devise a suite of products that includes a...

When ISO 9001 was produced by the International Standards Organization, it put forth the general quality standard that organizations could adopt to ensure that the organization is focused on...

With the shift in the medical industry to more minimally invasive, quicker, and more effective procedures, the goal is to minimize patient...

Gas assist molding offers a variety of process and design advantages for medical equipment applications. It produces parts that are smooth and extremely cleanable,...

Optical fibers. To the average person, the phrase might conjure up an image of glowing hairs twisted artistically into a beautiful...

DC Micro Welder

Amada Miyachi America, Monrovia, CA, offers a linear DC micro welder paired with an electronic resistance spot welding head. The UB29 also features the...

Leti, a research institute of CEA Tech, has taken a major step toward development of next-generation magnetoencephalography (MEG) that could significantly reduce the cost of MEG systems and...

A new system combines a new way to deliver drugs, via a micro-needle patch, with drugs that are known to turn energy-storing white fat into energy-burning brown fat. This...

By using an electrochemical etching process on a common stainless-steel alloy, researchers have created a nanotextured surface that kills bacteria while not harming...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Laser Direct Structuring for Sensor Manufacturing

Every day the world’s leading medical device companies rely upon laser direct structuring (LDS) to meet their most demanding design and performance requirements. Millions of electronic...

Cancer patients receiving chemotherapy can be remotely monitored using their smartphone sensors and an algorithm that detects worsening symptoms based on objective changes in...

Technology Leaders: Medical
Package Engineering for Sterilization

After years of research and development, surveys and polls, functional device testing, and countless other preparatory actions, your medical device is almost ready to go to market. You have determined...

Traditionally, toxicologists and biocompatibility experts considered the materials in breathing gas pathways as external communicating devices and evaluated...

An international research team has developed a device capable of improving the performance of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) units. The technology is based on local...

FDA is monitoring the emerging field of 3D printing and additive manufacturing, an area FDA once considered a “futuristic technology on the distant...

Researchers have developed a new method for creating 3D structures using cryogenics (freezing) and 3D printing techniques. This builds on previous research but is the...

Much as a frame provides structural support for a house and the chassis provides strength and shape for a car, a team of engineers believe they have a way to...

Researchers have evaluated a new dental material tethered with an antimicrobial compound that not only kills bacteria but also resists biofilm growth. In addition, unlike some drug-infused...

The first clinical study of a low-cost, handheld jaundice detector shows that saving newborn lives in sub-Saharan Africa is achievable. BiliSpec, a low-cost, battery-powered reader, is...

A plasmonic biosensor can detect diseased exosomes even by the naked eye. Exosomes, important indicators of health conditions, are cell-derived vesicles that are present in...

Researchers have created an ultrasonic sensor that allows amputees to control each of their prosthetic fingers individually. It provides fine motor hand gestures that aren’t...

Researchers have devised an innovative biochemical formula of mineralized compounds that interacts in the bloodstream to regulate blood sugar for days at a time. In...

A team of experts in rehabilitation robotics used a robotic system — the Tethered Pelvic Assist Device (TPAD) — to study whether or not Parkinson’s disease affects...

A BYU professor and his team have found a way to take the 3D displays of science fiction and make them a reality. A reader asks: Could surgeons use this kind of volumetric display?
INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Wearables Robotics Lab: Moving Toward Robotic Suits

The next generation of wearable robots will have lightweight parts, can be put on like a suit, and will not require additional support from crutches, according to researchers. The new...

"Hairy" nanoparticles made with light-sensitive materials that assemble themselves could one day become "nanocarriers," providing doctors a new way to...

Researchers used machine learning techniques, including natural language processing algorithms, to identify clinical concepts in radiologist reports for CT scans,...

A newly created 4D printing method for a smart gel could lead to the development of "living" structures in human organs and tissues, soft robots, and targeted drug...

A team of researchers has developed a noninvasive method of delivering drugs directly to cancerous tissue using magnetic forces, a form of treatment that could...

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Policy Roadmap Calls for Improved US Competitiveness

The Council on Competitiveness has released its 6th annual Clarion Call for Competitiveness, noting that "innovation-driven productivity is the foundation of a competitive, growing...

To help deliver a truly sustainable advanced manufacturing workforce pipeline, the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) has begun construction of a new...

A team of chemical engineers has developed a new, cost-effective method for synthetically producing a biorenewable platform chemical called triacetic acid lactone...

The potential implications of additive manufacturing (AM) have excited the imagination. Popularly known as 3D printing, the emerging class of technologies has...

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping
New Method 3D Prints Fully Functional Electronic Circuits

Researchers have pioneered a breakthrough method to rapidly 3D print fully functional electronic circuits. The circuits, which contain electrically-conductive metallic inks and...

For the first time, it is possible to create complex nanoscale metal structures using 3D printing. The process, once scaled up, could be used in a wide variety of applications,...

Engineers have developed an instrumented cane that not only provides added support but can also analyze a patient's gait to determine risk of falling. The "IntelliCane" can quantitatively calculate...

Researchers are developing an artificial, robotic small intestine for use in medical laboratories. The idea of a robotic small intestine may seem strange, as...

Researchers are developing cutting-edge biometric sensors that function without compromising the skin and its ability to prevent infection and dehydration. The new sensors generate sweat to glean...

News: Test & Measurement
Biocompatibility Expert to Discuss Successful Sample Preparation for Medical Device Testing

Properly prepared test articles are critical for accurate biocompatibility testing. As a sponsor of a medical device, it is imperative for medical device manufacturers to understand what to do to ensure a successful test of a proposed medical device.

A newly developed titanium fiber plate offers a new alternative for regenerative medicine and treating fractures, eliminating the need for surgical extraction of the plate...

Tech Briefs spoke with Dr. Lishan Aklog about an innovative pediatric ear treatment: antibiotic-eluting resorbable ear tubes.
News: Medical
New Exoskeletons and Exosuits Standards Group Outlines First Steps

ASTM International’s new committee on exoskeletons and exosuits (F48) held its first meeting Feb. 13–14 in Philadelphia, PA, near the organization’s global headquarters. The need for technical standards has grown alongside the rising use of exoskeletons in manufacturing,...

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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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