July 2015

INSIDER: Medical
Researchers Print Three-Dimensional Cellulose Objects

Using a 3D bioprinter, a group of engineers at Chalmers University of Technology have created objects made entirely by cellulose. The additive manufacturing process could be used to build patient-specific implants, new sensors, and wound dressings that communicate with healthcare...

INSIDER: Medical
Study: DINCH Plasticizer Disrupts Metabolic Processes

A new study from Montreal's Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) found that a commonly used plasticizer known as DINCH exerts biological effects on the metabolic processes of mammals. DINCH is found in products that come into close contact with humans, such as...

INSIDER: Medical
Study: Wi-Fi Devices Require Minimum Distance from Medical Equipment

The electromagnetic radiation caused by wireless technology can interfere with electronic medical equipment and lead to serious clinical consequences for patients. New research from Concordia University helps to define safety parameters for health-care workers carrying Wi-Fi...

News: Medical
Students' Designs Give New Look to Prosthetics

A new technique developed by Kansas State University students allows individuals to personalize their prosthetic with new "skins." The covers are made from flexible resins and plastics.

Pro-Dex Inc., Irvine, CA, is a developer and manufacturer of powered rotary drive surgical and dental instruments. The company’s newest design is a cutting-edge, powered screwdriver that features...

Oncology nurses, compounding pharmacists, and others who handle hazardous drugs, such as chemotherapy drugs, are put at risk of exposure. This is due to the...

Medical manufacturers of single-use products have a dual challenge: achieving high levels of quality while maintaining competitive cost. From an...

Varied stakeholders in healthcare around the world increasingly share and recognize a requirement for standards-based interoperability.

Vital Connect, Inc., San Jose, CA, introduces the VitalCore™ processor. This first-of-its-kind custom integrated circuit for wireless biosensors will vastly...

Mitutoyo America Corporation, Aurora, IL, introduces the MiCAT Planner automatic measurement program generation software, which uses 3D CAD models and Product and Manufacturing Information to...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medical-Grade Apex SCR Compounds

Teknor Apex Company, Pawtucket, RI, introduces new Apex SCR™ rigid PVC compounds, which can make it possible for rigid PVC to replace polycarbonate (PC) in clear medical components like connectors and check...

Products: Medical
TSM Step Servo Motors

Applied Motion Products, Watsonville, CA, announces that its TSM Step Servo Motors combine the best features of step motor and servo system performance in a cost-effective motion control solution. TSMs are an all-in-one...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Continuous Flow Metering System

Graco Advanced Fluid Dispense, North Canton, OH, offers a Precision Continuous Flow (PCF) metering dispense system for critical applications of single component sealant and adhesive materials. Engineered for...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
ApP Lite™ Processor Family Additions

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., Irvine, CA, announces the latest additions to its TZ1000 series of ApP Lite™ processors targeting the Internet of Things. Designed for the low-power...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Micro Series Lead Screws

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions, Waterbury, CT, announces its new line of micro screws (2mm diameter screws) with customized lead screw nut materials for specialized medical applications, including insulin patch pumps....

Products: Medical
Sealed Linear Actuators

Bell-Everman, Goleta, CA, introduces a compact model of its SLS sealed linear stage to keep contaminants outside of the stage housing. The SLS Light model, which measures 80 × 120-mm, has maximum dynamic payloads of...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
SPEED v9.06 Release

CD-adapco, Melville, NY, announces the release of the latest version of the SPEED™ electric machine design tool, SPEED Suite v9.06. SPEED Suite v9.06 adds PC-AXM for axial flux machines as the 6th module to the current...

Products: Medical
Multiphysics Software 5.1

COMSOL, Inc. Burlington, MA, introduces COMSOL Multiphysics® software version 5.1, the first and only integrated simulation environment for building multiphysics models and for creating and sharing easy-touse...

This technology presents a means to cleanly contain bodily fluids in environments ranging from microgravity to Earth gravity with no release of infectious agents.

NASA has long recognized the...

New approach could create very flexible electronic circuitry.

New research being done at Purdue University demonstrates that inkjet-printing technology can be used to mass-produce electronic circuits...

Briefs: Medical
FDA Draft Guidance for Adaptive Designs

The FDA is seeking comments of a new draft guidance that it recently issued for industry called “Adaptive Designs for Medical Device Clinical Studies.” An “adaptive design” for a medical device clinical study is defined as a clinical trial design that allows for prospectively planned modifications...

Creating a custom wheelchair for siblings with neuromuscular disease.

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a debilitating neuromuscular disease. It involves motor nerve cells in the spinal cord,...

Tracking vital signs non-invasively could save preemies’ skin.

A team of engineers at Rice University are developing a highly accurate, touch-free system that uses a video camera...

New method allows for fast, functional imaging.

Oncology researchers rely on high-resolution imaging to see tumors and other activity deep within body tissues. Using a new high-speed,...

R&D: Medical
Researchers Create Silicone Microspheres from Mist

Using misting technology found in household humidifiers, University of Illinois chemists developed a new method to create silicone microspheres. The tiny spheres could have applications in targeted medicine and imaging.

R&D: Medical
Attachable Army Device Displays Vital Signs

A Compensatory Reserve Index (CRI) device developed by Army medical researchers attaches to a soldier's finger and displays vital signs: body temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure. The matchbox-sized tool includes a computer display, wire, and plastic clip.

R&D: Medical
Larger Implantable Devices Avoid Immune-System Rejection

By using larger spherical components, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have found a way to reduce the immune system from rejecting biomedical implant devices. The bigger spheres are better able to maintain their function and avoid scar-tissue buildup.

R&D: Medical
Device Enables Sensations in Prosthetic Hands

A Washington University team developed a novel device that may allow individuals to feel hot and cold temperatures through a prosthetic technology. If the invention works as planned, upper-limb amputees who use motorized devices would be able to feel various sensations through the prosthetic, which...

R&D: Medical
New Manufacturing Method Produces Low-Cost Nanofibers

Researchers at the University of Georgia have found a low-cost way to manufacture extraordinarily thin polymer strings. The nanofibers can be used to create advanced wound dressings, regenerate tissue, and deliver drugs directly to the site of an infection.

R&D: Medical
3D Microbattery Offers On-Chip Integration

By combining 3D holographic lithography and 2D photolithography, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated a 3D microbattery suitable for large-scale on-chip integration with microelectronic devices. Applications for the holographically patterned battery include...

Manufacturing interventional cardiac devices, such as stents, has traditionally employed two-axis systems consisting of a rotary...

Brushless motors are used worldwide for their basic benefit of optimizing performance per package size. No other technology can match it. In addition, brushless brings tremendous advantages to...

From the Editor: Medical
From the Editor — 3D Bioprinting & Socks

A few months ago, I lost my cousin to liver cancer. She was several years older than me — a creative, warm, wise, and welcoming woman who had recently become a grandmother for the second time. In fact, her granddaughter was born the very day she began chemotherapy. I visited her in the hospital just...

Mission Accomplished: Medical
Metalworking Techniques Unlock a Unique Alloy

Half a century ago, a scientist at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory discovered that an alloy containing 60 percent nickel and 40 percent titanium could provide exceptional performance for rocket...

News: Medical
Graphene Production Breakthrough Supports Artificial Skin Development

Using high-quality, low-cost graphene, researchers from the University of Exeter have created a transparent, flexible touch-sensor that could enable the development of artificial skin.

News: Medical
Researchers Reveal How Neurons Control Muscle Movement

New research from Stanford University sheds light on how neurons control muscle movement. The findings could be applied to create better brain-controlled prosthetic devices, such as robotic arms.

News: Medical
Addressing Challenges in Manufacturing Technologies

There’s no doubt that additive manufacturing (AM), including emerging 3D printing technologies, is booming. Despite its promise though, AM still has far to go to in understanding the impact of subtle differences in manufacturing methods on the properties and capabilities of resulting...

News: Medical
July 2015 Mid-Month Industry News

Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Please click the link for more.

INSIDER: Medical
Converting Cotton Fabric into Transistors

A team of fiber scientists at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, have created cotton fabric that, they say, can kill bacteria, conduct electricity, ward off malaria, capture harmful gas, and weave transistors into clothing. They explain that cotton, a cellulose-based material, can be controlled one atom at...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
'Photo-Doping' Process Improves Semiconductor Properties

Using a "photo-doping" process, Michigan State University scientists changed the electronic properties of materials in a way that more easily allows an electrical current to pass through. By shooting an ultrafast laser pulse into the material, the properties change and appear chemically...

News: Medical
July 2015 Month-End Industry News

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News: Medical
'Ratchet' Nanostructures Change Color of Light

Researchers at the University of Delaware have received a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to develop new nanostructures that act like a ratchet, combining the energy of two red photons of light into a single, higher-energy blue photon. The light-changing technology could improve solar...

News: Sensors/Data Acquisition
'Slip-Stick' Hydrogel Controls Liquid Motion

A smart hydrogel coating from Georgia Institute of Technology creates “stick-slip” control of capillary action. By placing the material inside of glass microtubes, capillary forces are altered and draw water differently. The researchers' discovery could provide a new way to control microfluidic...

INSIDER: Medical
Device Maintains Donor Liver Health Outside Body

A sterile medical device preserved the health of a deceased donor liver and allowed the organ to repair itself. The liver was then successfully transplanted to a 43-year-old patient in Ontario. The device, which mimics human physiological functions, is part of a Phase 1 clinical trial at UHN's...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Sound Waves Isolate Circulating Tumor Cells

Using sound waves, researchers from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering gently culled circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from blood samples. The contact-free nature of the method assures that original cell characteristics are maintained.

INSIDER: Medical
MoveSense App Measures Oxygen Saturation

The smartphone app MoveSense, developed by engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, uses analyses of a cardiopulmonary patient's walk to predict oxygen saturation levels. The health-tracking app can be used on a standard smartphone, and oxygen saturation is measured without the use of...

News: Medical
Researchers Build Flexible Diagnostic Device

High costs have hampered the deployment of biomedical devices for health monitoring, point-of-care diagnostics, and environmental sensing. To reduce the price of the devices and allow for their high-volume delivery, scientists from the Technical University of Dresden in Germany created a lightweight...

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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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