March 2020

Kolhoff has established herself as a subject-matter expert for Nitinol, a material that’s still considered exotic by many due to its unique shape memory and superelastic properties.
Features: Materials
The Benefits of Tungsten Cable

There is no one-size-fits-all material when producing mechanical cable. The material chosen to produce wire rope can vary from one application to the next, because commonly, no two applications place the same...

BACKGROUND

Kristin has worked at The Lee Company for 11 years. She is a Lead Project Engineer for the Scientific Products Group with a product focus on...

Nakhjiri is a veteran in creating emerging technologies and loves dealing with their ambiguities and challenges.
As the founder of the Soft Systems program at Flex, Yolita brings electronics, smart textiles and computation together to create new products, digital experiences and functionalities through fibers and textiles.
Yu is passionate about helping customers realize their vision for new products.
These leaders are driving innovation and the next generation of MasterControl solutions.
Sarah has been with The Lee Company for 9 years and is Product Manager of the Control Valve Group.
As Chief Innovation Officer, Stancavish brings her keen knowledge of MASSA’s capabilities to new customers and markets.
Dr. Teng has worked for Promex for over 6 years and is currently the CTO.
Color video technology paired with artificial intelligence holds great development potential for the future optimization of patient care.
This feature presents insights from industry leaders, inventors, entrepreneurs, and those inspiring other women through education.
Through a new process, it is now possible to laser-weld two optically clear plastic parts made of a wide range of polymer materials for medical applications.
Many manufacturers still struggle to digitize the “last mile” of their factory floor.
The digital revolution under way in medtech manufacturing will continue to transform the industry into a more connected, efficient, and agile ecosystem.
See what led Accardi to the medical device industry.
Booth offers advice to other women looking to work in biomedical engineering and science.
"The transition from the design stage of an idea to the test stage is a fantastic feeling," says Guler.
Meurant shares her most rewarding accomplishment as an engineer in the medical industry.
A chemistry teacher made Tkatchouk believe that any molecule could be created by working hard in the lab.
Zahabi's passion to understand human behavior led her to a career in industrial and systems engineering.
Products: Materials
Product Focus: Materials
Biomedical Coatings

Jaro Corp., Ipswich, MA, Jaro Corp has added the capability to apply an advanced two-component polyurethane coating. Polane 8400 provides a biocompatible, chemically resistant, and...

IoT Prototyping Board

Renesas, Tokyo, Japan, has introduced a low-power prototyping board that will simplify and speed up product development for IoT endpoint equipment...

The 4040/40 formulation includes two LyoTec® stopper designs — 13 and 20 mm — with a versatile universal
The patch significantly prolonged survival, inhibited growth of tumors in mice.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
Iron Nanorobots Destroy Cancer Cells
Multifunctional iron nanowires selectively obliterate cancer cells with a triple-punch combination attack.

Patients with diabetes have to test their blood sugar levels several times a day to make sure they are not getting too high or too low. Studies have shown that more...

The sensor allows for quick recovery and reuse of the platform.

According to the World Health Organization, antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health. Sensing and treating bacterial infections earlier could help...

The flexible device harvests heats from the human body.
Breakthrough may increase the number of available organs for transplantation.
The nose measures gases in a patient’s breath.
The device made of heart tissue and a robotic pumping system beats like the real thing.
The portable blood pressure monitoring device provides data continuously to patients.
Researchers have used sound vibrations to shake metal alloy grains into tighter formation during 3D printing.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Marubeni Citizen-Cincom Opens New Technical Center
The facility will be used to perform customer test cutting and complete process development requirements.
Nanothin flexible touchscreens could be printed like newspaper.
In the process, a high-yield electrodeposition is applied on certain conductive substrates.
New machine learning algorithms and computational models may provide insight into the mental demand placed on individuals using prosthetics.
Small magnetic objects are showing promise in the biomedical field.
Researchers have developed a technique to quickly and sensitively characterize defects in 2D materials used in sensors and electronics.

A team of scientists has devised a functioning comprehensive multiorgan-on-a-chip platform that enables effective in-vitro-to-in-vivo translation (IVIVT) of human drug pharmacology.

Scientists used an AI algorithm to analyze the blood and post-mortem brain samples of 1,969 patients with Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease.
R&D: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Magnetic Sensor Circuits on Various Surfaces
Researchers have developed the world’s thinnest and lightest magnetic sensor matrix sheet system
EPFL researchers have developed a highly sensitive and portable optical biosensor that stands to accelerate the diagnosis of fatal conditions like sepsis.

In December, we asked Medical Design Briefs readers to cast their ballot to choose from our 12 Products of the Month the technology they felt was the most significant new introduction to the...

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.

Engineers have created the first neural implant that can be both programmed and charged remotely with a magnetic field. Their breakthrough may make possible embedded devices like...

A breakthrough design could spare children from repeated operations to replace outgrown valves and could also benefit adults with valve defects. The new design could allow...

A noninvasive, wearable, magnetic brain stimulation device could improve motor function in stroke patients. In an initial clinical trial of 30 chronic ischemic...

FDA is postponing most foreign and domestic inspections through April, effective immediately. Inspections outside the U.S. deemed mission-critical will still be considered on a...

With the country confronting a shortage of both coronavirus test kits and critical medical equipment, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) is...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken two additional significant diagnostic actions during the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19)...

Scientists have developed live-cell imaging that enables the first visualization of hidden processes in plants. The new technique records movies of fundamental processes in flower development...

Scientists at the University of California San Diego have a clearer idea of what happens in the brain during courtship and mating, thanks to the evolution of an advanced imaging system...

Researchers have described CT imaging features that aid in the early detection and diagnosis of the coronavirus in a study led by Dr. Michael Chung, M.D., assistant professor in the...

Researchers have harnessed the power of a type of artificial intelligence known as deep learning to create a new laser-based system that can image around corners in real time....

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new guidance to provide a policy to help expand the availability and capability of noninvasive remote monitoring devices to facilitate...

Web Industries Inc., a precision converter and contract manufacturing organization (CMO), has allocated priority production capacity at its Holliston, MA, plant to...

On Wednesday, March 25, 2020 (3–4 p.m. Eastern), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will host a virtual Town Hall for clinical laboratories and commercial...

Researchers have designed a tiny portable lab device that plugs into a phone, connecting it automatically to a doctor’s office through a custom app. With a single drop of blood or...

As more Covid-19 cases appear in the United States and around the world, the need for fast, easy-to-use diagnostic tests is becoming ever more pressing. A...

Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and the National Institutes of Health have made a critical breakthrough toward developing a vaccine for the...

Nanofabrica, a manufacturer of 3D printers for precision engineering, invites researchers, doctors, and manufacturers to harness its manufacturing capabilities to develop...

Researchers have developed an ultrasound diagnostic protocol for COVID-19. The protocol was developed in the laboratories of UniTrento with collaboration from a dozen clinical teams in Italy as...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took significant action to help increase the availability of ventilators and accessories, as well as other...

3M and Ford are collaborating on specific ways the companies can rapidly combine complementary capabilities and resources to help meet a surge in demand for personal...

Medtronic plc continues to make progress in increasing ventilator production worldwide. The company has increased production by more than 40 percent to date...

Polymer bushing and wear material manufacturer Vesconite Bearings is standing by to help manufacture ventilators in case the Coronavirus pandemic spirals. Last week,...

Royal Philips is increasing the production of certain critical care products and solutions to help diagnose and treat patients with the new...

GM and Ventec Life Systems, in cooperation with StopTheSpread.org, the nation’s coordinated private sector response to COVID-19, are collaborating to enable Ventec to increase...

Abbott has received emergency use authorization (EUA) from the FDA for its molecular test for the identification of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The company is deploying 150,000...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took action May 25, 2020, to make more ventilators available to healthcare personnel in the United States. FDA issued an emergency use...

Engineers at Binghamton University, State University of New York are stepping up on several fronts to help regional healthcare providers deal with the coronavirus...

BCN3D, a manufacturer of 3D printers based in Castelldefels (Barcelona, Spain), has devoted all its technological and manufacturing potential to helping...

It’s a race against time that some participants liken to Apollo 13, the stricken NASA spacecraft for which engineers improvised an air purification system from...

Danish hearing aid maker Widex has developed a hearing aid that combines the latest in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning with two ultra-fast signal pathways to...

A coalition of companies and universities assembled by Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS) to produce face shields leveraging...

MIT researchers hope to publish open-source designs for a low-cost respirator that could potentially help Covid-19 patients struggling with critical respiratory problems. The...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made policy changes to respond to the urgent need for even faster testing availability. Although laboratories could use the EUA...

Personal finance company LendEDU has conducted a survey of 1,000 adult Americans in the wake of the Conornavirus pandemic to better understand how the personal...

A breathing aid that can help keep Covid-19 patients out of intensive care, adapted by mechanical engineers at UCL and clinicians at UCLH working with...

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the U.S. and the world, Purdue University scientists are working to move solutions to diagnose and treat the virus to the...

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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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