April 2016

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Open-Source Laser Fabrication Supports Cancer Research

Rice University bioengineers have reprogrammed a laser cutter to etch 50,000 microwells per hour. The open-source, low-cost method for making microwells could reduce the cost of mass-producing metastatic microtumors and therapeutic microtissues for screening and research.

By the time you read this, Robert M. Califf, MD, a recognized global leader in cardiology, clinical research, and medical economics, will have been installed as the U.S. Food and Drug...

Interventional cardiology is one of the most dynamic medical device markets, witnessing a surge in new product development with accompanying mergers,...

Manufacturers producing medical devices that involve patient contact are typically required to perform biological safety evaluations, including biocompatibility...

Whether creating a wearable device for in-home use, or an advanced surgical tool for the operating room, good design starts with user insights. Through user insights, design firms...

The medical industry continues to develop new devices that are smaller in size and more sophisticated in functionality. From in vitro diagnostics and...

At a time when the healthcare industry is undergoing profound foundational shifts and the regulatory and legislative...

In recent decades, plastics have made healthcare simpler, less difficult, and make new techniques and prostheses possible. Therefore, it is more...

The manufacture of medical devices involves some of the most sophisticated machining processes found in industry today. From a machining perspective, the machine tools that make up...

The manufacturing of medical components must meet standards of accuracy, reliability, quality, and traceability that equal...

Fasteners and threaded parts are among the many small, precision-machined components found in medical devices. Because threaded parts can play a critical role in the...

Parker Hannifin Precision Fluidics Division, Hollis, NH, announces its newest miniature proportional valve VSO® LowPro for OEMs looking for innovation in portability, comfort,...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Laser Welding System

Dukane, St. Charles, IL, introduces a new Laser Welding System that allows clear-to-clear plastic welding without laser absorbing additives. The system incorporates a 2-micron laser with a greatly increased absorption by...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Series 320 Electronic Weld Head System

Amada Miyachi America, Monrovia, CA, announces the release of its Series 320 Electronic Weld Head System, designed specifically for applications requiring precise position and force control. Typical...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
PANELBuilder Software and PanelPrinter

AXYZ International, Burlington, Ontario, Canada, is launching a new version of its PANELBuilder software along with a new optional printing device called PanelPrinter, which combines an advanced,...

Products: Connectivity
FactoryLogix R3 Software

Aegis Software, Horsham, PA, announces that the third release of its FactoryLogix R3 software embraces the principles of Industry 4.0 and IoM including resource scheduling, configure to order, and a standardized...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Axiom 2 Dual Head Professional 3D Printer

Airwolf 3D, Costa, Mesa, CA, unveiled the AXIOM 2, a new dual extruder 3D printer featuring an easy feed filament load system, an enclosed print environment for heat containment, and an end-user...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Custom Grinding Wheel Arbor

Briney Tooling Systems, Bad Axe, MI, recently developed a custom HSK50E balanceable grinding wheel arbor for a CNC grinding machine to shape bone fragments for surgical grafting. Briney has comprehensive in-house...

Celera Motion, Bedford, MA, offers the Agility™ series of slotless motors, ideal for scanning, pointing, measuring, and cutting applications that require extremely smooth velocity control and highly...

Delcam Ltd., Birmingham, UK, has released the latest version of its PartMaker software for programming CNC mills, lathes, wire EDMs, turn-mill centers, and Swiss-type lathes. PartMaker 2016 includes...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
CT-350 Vertical Machining Center

Absolute Machine Tools, Inc., Lorain, OH, introduces the new CT-350 five-axis Vertical Machining Center from Tongtai, which boasts high-end machine construction at an affordable price. The CT-350 is a...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Mikron MILL P 800 U ST

GF Machining Solutions, Lincolnshire, IL, introduces the Mikron MILL P 800 U ST (Simultaneous Turning) to include milling and turning in a single machine. Highly efficient, the compact machine provides 31.5" of X-axis...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
ROMER Absolute Arm PCMM

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, North Kingstown, RI, announces its new, top-of-the-line addition to the ROMER Absolute Arm portable coordinate measuring machine product line. The most accurate ROMER Absolute Arm...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Solutions for Spindle Centering and Work-Holding

Toolnet International Inc., Phoenix, AZ, introduces the Mowidec-TT non-contact spindle-centering system, which can precisely center tooling on Swiss-type automatic lathes without removing...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Precision Ring Drive Indexer

Nexen Group, Vadnais Heights, MN, introduces the Precision Ring Drive Indexer, a highly flexible, durable, and efficient alternative to direct drive motors capable of 2x faster indexing than competitive options....

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3rd Generation 3D AOI Inspection Systems

Saki America, Inc., Fremont, CA, announces its 3rd generation 3D automated optical inspection (AOI) line that accommodates dual lanes, XXL sizes, and increases throughput by 15%. The new BF- 3Di-D...

Products: Medical
Quantum Waterjet Pumps

TECHNI Waterjet, LLC, Lenexa, KS, introduces a second line of electric servo pumps (ESPs), the Value Range of Quantum ESPs designed to address the requirements of today’s competitive manufacturing industry. With one...

Tech-Etch, Plymouth, MA, announces that it is a leader in custom etching, forming, heat treating, and finishing of beryllium copper EMI/RFI shielding products. Parts are formed, heat treated, and...

Researchers at Northwestern University’s Simpson Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology say that they have developed a polymer that might one day be used in artificial muscles or other lifelike materials;...

Bioabsorbable sensors negate need for removal surgery.

A team of neurosurgeons and scientists at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSTL) in St. Louis and engineers at the University...

Frequent measurement and study of changes in blood flow could be used to improve the ability of health care providers to diagnose and treat patients with vascular conditions,...

Comprehensive diagnostic system could easily fit in one hand.

In the future, NASA astronauts journeying into deep space may be able to give themselves a health check-up using a small...

New process could allow complex metal structures.

A team of mechanical engineers at Georgia Tech say that they have demonstrated a new process to rapidly fabricate complex three-dimensional...

Trainees form a valuable pool of potential employees.

While manufacturers bemoan a lack of skilled potential employees, and returning veterans experience frustration at being able...

Metallic glue sets at room temperature.

Northeastern University’s Hanchen Huang, a professor and chair of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and two of his PhD students...

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) say that manufacturers may soon have a speedy and nondestructive way to test a wide array of materials under real-world...

TECHNOLOGY LEADERS: Materials/Coatings/Adhesives

According to the United Nations Department of Economic and...

Technology Leaders: Green Design & Manufacturing
Setting a Course for Environmental Sustainability
TECHNOLOGY LEADERS: Materials/Coatings/Adhesives

Environmental sustainability is a growing concern among consumers and businesses. Like other industries, the healthcare sector is...

R&D: Medical
​Simple Origami Fold Supports 'Pop-Up' Surgical Stents

A team at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has characterized a fundamental origami fold, or tessellation, that could be used as a building block for medical devices. The folding pattern, known as the Miura-ori, can be packed into a flat, compact...

R&D: Materials
New Vitamin-A Material Reduces Scarring

To prevent scar formation within blood vessels, a team from Northwestern University has created a biodegradable material with built-in vitamin A. The soft elastic material can be used to treat injured vessels or make medical devices, such as stents and prosthetic vascular grafts.

R&D: Medical
Wearable Sweat Sensor Tracks User's Health

A two-part system created by researchers at Stanford University and the University of California-Berkeley detects and analyzes a profile of chemicals in sweat. The flexible sensors and flexible circuit board stick to the skin and provide a health-monitoring device that continuously tracks a user's...

R&D: Medical
Worm-Inspired Adhesive Performs in Wet Conditions

An interdisciplinary group of researchers at UC Santa Barbara has developed an underwater adhesive that can be used in tissue repair applications. The technology replicates the adhesion strategy of the Sandcastle worm (Phragmatopoma californica), a segmented marine invertebrate commonly found...

R&D: Medical
Handheld Microscope Spots Cancerous Cells

Mechanical engineers from the University of Wisconsin are building a handheld microscope to help doctors and dentists distinguish between healthy and cancerous cells. The tool captures details up to a half millimeter beneath the tissue surface, where some types of cancerous cells originate.

Australian researchers have used a handheld 3D printing pen to "draw" human stem cells in freeform patterns. The instrument delivers a cell survival rate in excess of 97%.

A University of Texas at Arlington research team has developed an alternative treatment for opioid addiction. Electrical stimulation of a deep, middle brain structure blocks...

Products: Medical
Small Size Actuator Family

BEI Kimco, Vista, CA, announces its new family of linear unhoused medical-grade Voice Coil Actuators (VCAs) with aperture sizes of 15mm, 20mm, and 24.9mm. Available in three standard models, the throughhole design...

News: Medical
April 2016 Mid-Month Industry News

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News: Materials
Controlling Bacterial Growth on Catheter Surface

A team of researchers from the University of New Mexico, Duke University, and the University of Florida say that they have uncovered a new technique to trap, kill, and release bacteria from a surface, such as bacterial growth on a urinary catheter. They explained that they used cationic polymers...

Ada Poon, an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, is pioneering research to develop electronic therapies to heal the body from within, working to add...

A flexible additive manufacturing method from the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems allows researchers to produce bone implants, dentures, surgical tools,...

News: Medical
April 2016 Month-End Industry News

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