News : Medical
Diabetes Technology Society Develops Cybersecurity Standard for Devices

The Diabetes Technology Society recently announced its new cybersecurity standard for interconnected diabetes devices called DTSec. The standard specifies performance requirements utilizing the ISO/IEC 15408 framework used to define security requirements on “smart”...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Muscle-Inspired Actuators Could Automate Robotics

To help pave the way for a new generation of robots that are soft-bodied and safer to perform tasks in close proximity to humans, a team of researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed an actuator that generates movements similar to those of...

News : Medical
May 2016 Month-End Industry News

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

News : Medical
UPS Launches On-Demand 3D Printing Manufacturing Network

UPS, Atlanta, GA, announced that it is launching a distributed, on-demand manufacturing network that links its global logistics network with 3D printers at The UPS Store® in more than 60 locations around the US and Fast Radius’ On Demand Production Platform™ and 3D printing...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Manufacturing Day Can Be Any Day

Manufacturing Day℠, which officially occurs on Oct. 7, is a celebration of modern manufacturing designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. Companies can plan their events on any date and register their event...

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Dissolvable Electronics Hold Promise for Brain Monitoring

Dissolvable silicon electronics offer an unprecedented opportunity to implant advanced monitoring systems, according to researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Implantable brain devices that literally melt away at a pre-determined rate, for...

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Researchers Blend Materials to 3D-Print Bone Replacements

By blending pulverized natural bone with man-made plastic, researchers at The Johns Hopkins University 3D-printed replacement skeletal structures of the head and face, including the lower jaw of a female patient. The team's composite material combines the strength and printability of...

News : Medical
Ingestible Origami Robot Unfolds from Capsule

Researchers at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Sheffield, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have demonstrated a tiny origami robot that unfolds itself from a swallowed capsule. Steered by external magnetic fields, the bot can crawl across the stomach wall to...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Developing Heat-Free Soldering Using Micro Drops of Liquid Metal

Martin Thuo, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Iowa State University, and his research group are using materials expertise to study soft matter, single-molecule electronics. One of the team’s latest innovations is finding a way to make micro-scale,...

News : Electronics & Computers
3D Printing Metals Suspended in Midair

A team of engineers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) say that a new form of 3D printing and laser annealing of conductive metallic inks without supports could lead to customized electronic and biomedical...

News : Electronics & Computers
Edible Supercapacitors Could Replace Endoscopies

Engineers at Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, have created an edible supercapacitor that, they say, can wipe out E. coli or power a camera from inside the body. Using edible foodstuffs like activated charcoal, gold leaf, seaweed, egg white, cheese, gelatin, and barbecue sauce, which can...

News : Medical
'Kidney on a Chip' Supports Safer Drug Dosing

A "kidney on a chip" device from University of Michigan researchers mimics the flow of medication through human kidneys and measures its effect on kidney cells. The new technique supports more precise dosing of drugs, including some potentially toxic medicines often delivered in intensive care...

News : Medical
May 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
Detecting Blood Clots with In-Home Test

Millions of Americans at risk for blood clots, strokes, and hypertension must endure routine lab tests to monitor their blood-thinning medications, which can be frequent, costly, and painful. Now, researchers at the University of Cincinnati say that they are developing materials and technology for a simple...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
FDA Drafts Guidance for 3D Printing of Medical Devices

The FDA has developed a draft guidance to provide the agency’s initial thinking on technical considerations specific to devices using additive manufacturing (AM) and recommendations for testing and characterization for devices that include at least one AM fabrication step.

News : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Five-Fingered Robot Gets a Grip

Intricate tasks that require dexterous in-hand manipulation — rolling, pivoting, bending, and sensing friction — are a challenge for today's robots. A University of Washington team of computer scientists...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Researchers Produce Quantum Dots, Naturally

Three researchers from Lehigh University have found a better, more natural way to produce quantum dots, the valuable semiconductor nanoparticles that support medical imaging applications. The method begins with engineered bacterial cells in a simple, aqueous solution and ends with functional...

News : Medical
Non-Invasive Device Monitors Diabetes

A non-invasive blood glucose monitor from Cardiff University's School of Engineering does not require the extraction of blood. The device, which attaches to the body via sticky adhesives, uses microwaves to measure glucose levels, sending the resulting data to a computer or mobile app.

News : Medical
3D Printing a Perfectly Fitting Prosthetic Socket

A masters student in product development at the School of Engineering at Lund University, Sweden, Emelie Strömshed,has developed a step-by-step process to combine prosthetic arm socket computer-aided design (CAD) data with 3D scan data of a patient’s residual limbs to create perfectly fitting...

News : Electronics & Computers
Report Details Possible Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats

Independent Security Evaluators, Baltimore, MD, has compiled a report available online that details its research in investigating a variety of hospital and healthcare-related infrastructures and systems, identifying industry-specific pitfalls and shortcomings, and creating a blueprint for...

News : Medical
Glucose to Power Pacemakers

Researchers at the Technological Institute of Energy, Valencia, Spain, are working to create a bio-battery that uses blood glucose to produce energy. Such a battery, they say, would cut down on the number of surgical interventions a pacemaker user must undergo.

Features : AR/AI
Peeking in on Surgery

Virtual reality (VR) is back in the news again with the recent releases of the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, which both offer a realistic VR experience powered by a gaming computer. By wearing a somewhat bulky headset, users are able to immerse themselves into a world that allows them to interact with virtual objects with...

Features : Photonics/Optics
Manufacturing Polymer Optical Components: The Good, the Bad…and the Learning Curve

There are some key, fundamental considerations when manufacturing optical components: designing molded optical parts, designing and building the molds to produce them, injection molding, and handling components that manage light. Some are obvious, others less...

Features : Medical
Optical Fibers Bring New Medical Applications to Light

Many of today’s medical applications use high-quality silica optical fiber. Because a broad range of optical fibers is available to serve this market, users must carefully choose the right fiber to avoid delays in product design and time to market, along with increased development...

Features : Medical
Accreditation Matters

The value of an industry-recognized accreditation has been long acknowledged, but difficult to quantify in tangible terms. In 2010/2011, the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), the global association of accreditation bodies, surveyed businesses around the world to get an understanding of the drivers for seeking...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
BX53M System Microscope & Software

Olympus Corporation, Center Valley, PA, introduces its new modular-construction BX53M System Microscope, with easy-to-adjust aperture settings and a new LED illuminator, which makes it easy for users to quickly and accurately undertake a variety of analytical tasks. When combined with new OLYMPUS Stream 2.1...

Products : Medical
Medical-Grade AC/DC Desktop Power Supply

Protek Power North America, Hudson, MA, launches the new PMP92 Series of AC-DC desktop medical power supplies with 90 watts of continuous output power. The units are enclosed in a 5.51" x 2.79" x 0.87" 94V-0 rated polycarbonate case with an IEC 320/C6 or IEC320/C8 inlet that mates with an interchangeable...

Products : Medical
SMT Spring-Loaded Connectors

Mill-Max Manufacturing Corp., Oyster Bay, NY, introduces new .050" pitch spring-loaded right angle and horizontal SMT connectors to its standard product lineup. These connectors are ideal for mating boards in a perpendicular orientation or for parallel, daisy chaining applications. Their fine pitch and low profile...

Products : Medical
Custom Alloys in Small Quantities

Goodfellow, Coraopolis, PA, now offers a custom alloy service to researchers and design engineers seeking performance characteristics not available from standard alloys. Custom alloys have been produced with gold, silver, palladium, platinum, copper and/or nickel as major constituents, with other elements...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Precision Metal Shims

SPIROL International Corporation, Danielson, CT, recently released its new Precision Metal Shims catalog. SPIROL specializes in quick turnaround delivery of precision engineered shims ranging from simple OD/ID shapes to complex geometries, particularly in low to medium volumes. All shims are custom-made to customer...

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