September 2016

R&D: Medical
Injectable Computers Broadcast From Inside The Body

Professors David Blaauw and David Wenzloff of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, are designing millimeter-scale, ultra-low-power sensing systems that can be injected into the body through a syringe. Unlike other similarly-sized radios, these...

R&D: Medical
Electron Microscope Measures With Atomic Resolution

Capturing all transmitted electrons allows quantitative measurement of a material’s properties, such as internal electric and magnetic fields, which are important for use of the material in memory and electronics applications. A research group at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, has developed...

R&D: Medical
3D Printing Creates Artificial Hair

Researchers in MIT’s Media Lab, Cambridge, MA, have created “Cilllia,” a new computational method for designing and 3D printing artificial hair. 3D printers have been unable to print hair, fur, and other dense arrays of extremely fine features that require a huge amount of computational time and...

R&D: Medical
Foot Device Controls Video Game Action

A group of graduate students from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, devised a sandal-like controller that allows a video game player to control the on-screen action with his feet. The team — dubbed GEAR, for Game Enhancing Augmented Reality — created the device for amputees or those with...

R&D: Medical
Ultrathin, Flat Lens Captures Chirality And Color

Many things in the natural world are geometrically chiral, meaning they cannot be superimposed onto their mirror image. Being able to observe and analyze the chirality of an object is very important in numerous fields. However, current chiral imaging techniques to resolve polarization and...

News: Medical
Building on Success

From its first issue to today, the mission of Medical Design Briefs has been to provide our design engineering readers with information on the latest technology advances in medical devices, instruments, and systems from sources worldwide. With readers at the front end of the product development process, MDB has helped spark...

The medical device industry often gets attention for its innovation and constant evolution. However, even the most innovative medical device technology is of no use...

In an increasingly volatile and complex market environment, adaptability becomes essential to success and business growth for today’s medical extruder. Basic to...

The custom medical extrusion industry is growing in all directions. The push to be minimally invasive is pushing devices to be smaller and smaller. Cutting-edge raw materials are...

As medical devices become smaller, the need for precision microminiature components increases. This provides several challenges for the medical device manufacturer as they seek cost-effective...

Icon Labs, Des Moines, IA, announced the Floodgate Defender Mark III firewall appliance that provides a layer of security for legacy devices that comprise The Internet of Things, including...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Fluid Metering and Dispensing

Fluid Metering, Syosset, NY, offers the PDS-100 programmable fluid metering and dispensing system for micro-volume production dispensing of fluids used in the manufacture and assembly of medical catheters,...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Software

Artec 3D, Palo Alto, CA, has released Artec Studio 11 3D software that includes an Autopilot mode to guide users through questions about the object being scanned, and the type of 3D model that is desired. The software then...

AVX Corp., Fountain Inn, SC, introduced the 9155-800 Series low-profile battery connectors designed to prevent end-user damage to the contacts in electronic devices, with pluggable modules that vertically mate...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Piston Pump

The Maestro piston pump from Bio- Chem Fluidics, Boonton, NJ, is capable of 10 million cycles with clean fluids, and 5 million cycles with aggressive or precipitating fluids. It can move between 500 nL to 5000 μL of liquids with...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Simulation Software

COMSOL, Burlington, MA, announced version 5.2a of COMSOL Multiphysics® and COMSOL Server™ simulation software that includes hundreds of user-driven features and enhancements. From new solvers and methods, to...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Direct-Drive Hollow-Shaft Motors

Empire Magnetics, Rohnert Park, CA, offers hollow-shaft motors for industrial processes. Direct-drive hollow-shaft motors increase speed and acceleration, while providing better accuracy and faster response...

Guill Tool & Engineering, West Warwick, RI, introduced the 500 Series rubber/silicone crosshead with MAGS gum space adjustment that is designed for the flow characteristics and processing challenges of...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Extreme Weight Processor

Hardy Process Solutions, San Diego, CA, offers the EtherNet/ IP-enabled HI 6500-XP Extreme Weight Processor with an update rate from 300 to 660 updates per second, providing a PLC with a new weight reading every 1.5...

Products: Medical
Polymer Strain Gage

Hoffmann + Krippner, Alpharetta, GA, introduced the P-DMS Polymer Strain Gage based on the company’s patented sensor paste technology printed onto a PCB. A small deformation to the paste generates a change of its...

Products: Medical
Temperature Logger

The DS1925 iButton data logger from Maxim Integrated Products, San Jose, CA, monitors cold chain and other temperature- sensitive products or processes. With 122 kbytes of data-log memory, the device delivers high accuracy...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Screw and Barrel Package for LSR

Nordson Corp., New Castle, PA, developed the Xaloy® LSR Package, a complete injection-unit package for liquid silicone rubber (LSR) molding that meets the special mixing and metering requirements of...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Disposable Cartridge Components

Plastikos, Erie, PA, offers disposable cartridge components made of cyclic olefin polymer (COC) for wearable drug delivery devices holding medications such as insulin and pain medicines. The disposable...

Products: Medical
AC/DC Power Supplies

Protek Power, Hudson, MA, released the PM1100 Series of medical AC/DC switching power supplies that delivers 1100 Watts of continuous power (with 1250 Watts peak) in a package layout of 5.91 × 9.25 × 2.4". The...

Products: Medical
Pushbutton Switches

Steute Industrial Controls, Ridgefield, CT, offers wireless, batteryless pushbutton switches that feature an internal electrodynamic energy generator so no battery is required. Actuation of the pushbutton sends a...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medical-Grade Flexible Shafts

Suhner Manufacturing, Rome, GA, announced standard and custom flexible shafts for rotary power transmission on a variety of medical, orthopedic, endoscopic, and laparoscopic instruments. The rotary flexible...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Anti-Counterfeit Marker

DeTek™ functional color concentrates from Teknor Apex, Pawtucket, RI, contain small traces of an anti-counterfeit marker, or taggant, that enables plastics manufacturers to ensure product safety and supply chain...

Implantable diagnostic devices and smart wearable systems that are capable of in situ sample collection and integration with the complex 3D structure of biological tissues offer significant...

Clutches can be used to enhance the functionality of springs or actuators in robotic devices. A research team headed up by Steve Collins, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at...

Checking the state of arterial health could become as simple as monitoring a patient’s blood pressure. New technology developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory...

Researchers have developed a technique for coating polymer implants with a bioactive film that significantly increases bonding between the implant and surrounding bone in an animal model. The advance could...

Eye-tracking technology, which determines where in a visual scene people are directing their gaze, has been widely used in certain areas of medical and scientific research, but cost issues have kept it...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Tiny Robot Chains Work Inside the Body

A group of Drexel University researchers used a rotating magnetic field to show how multiple chains of microscopic, magnetic bead-based robots can link up to reach impressive speeds swimming through a...

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) are bringing their idea for a “Window to the Brain” transparent skull implant closer to reality through the findings of two recently published...

Electronic human machine interface (HMI) technology goes back as far as the 1940s with the punch card batch interfaces from IBM. Today, when you think of user interfaces, you may...

Imagine patients with chronic conditions being monitored without having to be in a doctor’s office, or patients with more serious issues being monitored and treated outside...

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In the future, selected illnesses will be quickly and painlessly diagnosed by the optical...

Non-toxic, edible batteries could one day power ingestible devices for diagnosing and treating disease. The batteries are made with melanin pigments naturally found in the skin, hair, and...

A new device could greatly improve doctors’ ability to accurately diagnose ear infections. The new device, whose design is still being refined by the team, is expected...

A portable power-free test for the rapid detection of bacterial resistance to antibiotics has been developed. The Lab-on-a-Stick is an inexpensive microfluidic strip –...

A small device implanted under the skin can improve breast cancer survival by catching cancer cells. The implantable scaffold device is made of FDA-approved material commonly...

Using high-tech human heart models and mouse experiments, scientists at Johns Hopkins and Germany’s University of Bonn have shown that beams of light could replace electric shocks in patients reeling...

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new design for harvesting body heat and converting it into electricity for use in wearable electronics.

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