Briefs : Medical
Soft Tissue Robotic Surgery Outperforms Standard Surgery

Children’s National Health System, Washington, DC

Surgeons and scientists at the Children’s National Health System’s Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation have demonstrated that supervised, autonomous robotic soft tissue surgery on a live subject in an open...

Briefs : Medical
Developing Mini Artificial Lungs

Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM

What if there were a way to test how lungs react to toxins without actually putting a subject at risk? That’s what scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory are attempting to test by developing a miniature, tissue-engineered artificial lung that can mimic...

Briefs : Medical
Creating Super Stretchy Artificial Muscles

Chemical engineers at Stanford University discovered that a new elastomer synthesized there had too much elasticity for the testing equipment the lab possessed. In fact, the clamping machine typically used to measure elasticity could only stretch about 45 inches from a one-inch sample of material....

Briefs : Wearables
How Sensors Can Help Save Preterm Babies

“Preterm labor is related to high morbidity, high mortality, and significant cost,” said Rubin Pillay, MD, PhD, assistant dean for global health innovation at the UAB School of Medicine. “If we can develop a device that can predict when a patient is at risk for preterm labor, we can prevent it or...

Briefs : Medical
Finding Flaws in 3D-Printed Titanium

Titanium found its initial use in aircraft because it is strong but light. Today, it’s found everywhere, from eyeglass frames and jewelry to sports gear, tools, surgical and dental implants, and prosthetics. What’s making this manufacturing explosion of titanium parts possible is additive manufacturing,...

News : Medical
Good News/Sad News

For much of our recent Editorial & Sales Meeting, we discussed trends that we are seeing in the marketplace, in the news, and in discussion with contributors to evaluate coverage for this year and to help sharpen our editorial focus for next year. Manufacturing will continue to see greater coverage as we increase the...

Features : FDA/Regulatory
New Medical Device EMC Requirements

Implementation of IEC 60601-1-2, 4th edition is on the horizon. This collateral standard to the IEC 60601-1 medical safety standard specifies the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements for medical devices and systems. The fourth edition was issued by the International Electrotechnical Commission...

Features : Medical
Transdermal Drug Delivery Poised for Growth Thanks to Microneedle Technology

When science and nature combine in just the right amounts, the results can be astounding. Take transdermal drug delivery, which is expected to grow substantially in the next decade, with microneedle-based delivery devices expected to reach annual sales of 485 million...

Features : Robotics, Automation & Control
Surgical Robotics: The Evolution of a Medical Technology

For a long time, the ability of robots to interact with humans in our daily lives was more myth than reality— and the idea of robotics performing exceptionally complex tasks such as...

Features : Medical
An Overview of the Most Popular Rotary Motion Technologies

The ability to provide accurate rotary motion is critical in a wide range of applications in the automation equipment, medical device, machine tool, energy, welding, robotics, automotive, aerospace, semiconductor, and heavy equipment industries, as well as many others.

Features : Medical
Advancing Ablation Technology Using Simulation Science

Ablation, or the use of high-frequency electromagnetic (EM) energy to destroy soft-tissue tumors, has been in existence for a few decades, but in recent years its underlying technology has evolved.

Features : Medical
A Guide to Thermoforming Heavy-Gage, Complex Parts: From Material Selection to Custom Tooling

In many instances, thermoforming of heavy-gauge plastics (thicknesses of 1.5 mm/.060 in. or greater) is the technology of choice for manufacturers and new product designers. Using this process of vacuum forming heated plastic sheets is ideal for many...

Products : Medical
J750 3D Printer

Stratasys Ltd., Minneapolis, MN, introduces an industry first with its new 3D printer, the J750. This solution enables customers for the first time to mix and match full color gradients alongside an unprecedented range of materials to achieve one-stop realism without post-processing. This, together with the system’s...

Features : Robotics, Automation & Control
Surgical Robotic System for Incision-Less Surgery

A team of engineers from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the University of Hong Kong (HKU) have collaborated on an innovative project to develop a novel surgical robotic system (NSRS) with haptic or tactile feedback that is capable of single incision or natural...

Features : IoMT
The Internet of Things and UDI Compliance

Consider for a moment the modern automobile. A car’s computer can pinpoint for a mechanic exactly what’s going wrong, and provide a thorough history of how things have been working (or not) in recent weeks. Data networks keep tabs on recalls and alert drivers when parts need to be replaced. In some...

News : Medical
Metalens Works Within Visible Spectrum

Curved lenses, like those in cameras or telescopes, are stacked in order to reduce distortions and resolve a clear image. A new fabrication method from Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) replaces the stacks with a single flat lens.

Super-Fast, Stretchy Circuits Advance Wearable Health Monitors

A team of University of Wisconsin—Madison engineers has created the world’s fastest stretchable, wearable integrated circuits.

News : Medical
Knee Monitor 'Listens' for Cracks, Pops

A knee band from the Georgia Institute of Technology uses microphones and vibration sensors to listen to and measure the sounds inside the joint. The sounds will help doctors determine whether a convalescing joint is healthy or requires more therapy.

News : Medical
Wearable Patch Monitors Biochemical, Electrical Signals

For athletes looking to track their workouts or physicians who want to monitor a patient's heart disease, a flexible Chem-Phys patch from the University of California San Diego analyzes the body's biochemical and electric signals. The Chem-Phys wearable technology records electrocardiogram...

News : Medical
Students Design Prosthetic Fit for High Heels

A team of Johns Hopkins University students, working with a Johns Hopkins physician and outside experts, has designed a prosthetic fit for high heels. The "Prominence" foot adapts to popular fashion for heels up to four inches high.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Researchers Develop Ivy-Inspired Medical Adhesive

English ivy has the ability to latch on so tight to trees and buildings that the plant can withstand the winds of hurricanes and tornadoes. Researchers from The Ohio State University pinpointed the spherical particles within English ivy’s adhesive and identified the primary protein within...

News : Medical
June 2016 Month-End Industry News

Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community.

News : Medical
FDA Notes 40th Anniversary of Medical Device Amendments

In 1976, following reports that thousands of women had been harmed by using an intrauterine device for contraception, Congress responded by enacting the Medical Device Amendments, which authorized the FDA to classify all medical devices.

News : Electronics & Computers
UL and VA Sign CRADA for Medical Device Cybersecurity Standards

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), Washington, DC, and UL (Underwriters Laboratories), Northbrook, IL, a global safety science organization, have signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) for current and emerging medical devices cybersecurity...

News : Medical
Researchers Propose New Framework for Medical Device Evaluation

An international team of scientists led by Oxford University in the UK and Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, NY, has proposed a new evaluation framework to make sure that medical devices receive better scrutiny. They compared existing approaches to medical device evaluation in...

News : Medical
Cheaper, Simpler Nanomaterial for Wearable Devices

An international team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Korea University say that they have developed an ultrathin film that is both transparent and highly...

News : Medical
June 2016 Mid-Month Industry News

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

News : Medical
Scanner Visualizes Cancer in Early Stages

Researchers from Biomedical Image Technologies (BIT) at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) are working to develop an endoscopic scanner that offers early detection of specific cancers. A miniaturized detector is introduced inside the patient's body and placed close to the organ of interest.

Materials Project Releases New Battery Design Data

The Materials Project, co-founded and directed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientist Kristin Persson, provides a Google-like database of material properties for fuel cells, photovoltaics, and thermoelectrics. Aimed at accelerating innovation, the Project has now released two sets of...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Plastics Machinery Shipments Rise 13.5%

According to a recent report by the SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Associations’ Committee on Equipment Statistics, for the second straight quarter, North American shipments of plastics machinery registered a strong year-over-year increase in the first quarter of 2016. Shipments of primary plastics...


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