Fish-Inspired Lens Sees in the Dark

Combining the best features of a lobster and an African fish, University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers have created an artificial eye that sees in the dark. The technology could help brighten the dim surroundings presented from surgical scopes.

Researchers Transmit Real-Time Video Through Animal Tissue

Using samples of store-bought meat, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated the possibility of real-time video-rate data transmission through tissue. The development supports in-body ultrasonic communications with implanted medical devices.

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...

News : Medical
April 2016 Mid-Month Industry News

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News : Medical
Miniaturized Electronic Devices as Medical Therapeutics

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 control and feedback for a closed-loop system that could improve therapeutic outcomes. These new electronic...

News : Medical
Flexible Additive Manufacturing Method for Medical Components

A flexible additive manufacturing method from the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems allows researchers to produce bone implants, dentures, surgical tools, or microreactors in a variety of designs.

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 allows an OEM assembly to pass directly through the middle of the actuator, resulting in reduced weight,...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Electrical Stimulation of Deep Brain Structures Eases Chronic Pain

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 pain signals at the spinal cord level without drug intervention.

News : Medical
Surgical 'Pen' Prints Human Stem Cells

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%.

Features : Design
New Innovations Supporting Product Development of Next-Generation Structural Heart Devices

Interventional cardiology is one of the most dynamic medical device markets, witnessing a surge in new product development with accompanying mergers, investments, and acquisitions. Dozens of companies, both new and established, are developing...

Briefs : Medical
Developing a New Type of Polymer

Hybrid polymers could lead to new self-repairing materials.

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; for delivery of drugs, biomolecules,...

Briefs : Medical
Wireless, Dissolvable Sensors to Monitor Brain

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 of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has developed a new type of small, thin, wireless brain sensor that...

Briefs : Medical
Designing and Testing Blood-Flow Sensor for Vascular Monitoring

Monitoring changes of blood flow could aid in disease diagnosis.

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, such as those associated with...

Briefs : Medical
In-Flight Medical Diagnostic System for Space Use

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 hand-held medical device being developed by a team of scientists from NASA’s Ames Research Center, the...

News : Medical
Changes at FDA and New Publication Launch

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 Administration’s new Commissioner of Food and Drugs. As the top official of the FDA, he is committed to strengthening...

Features : Test & Measurement
Chemical Characterization Can Supplement and Support Biocompatibility Testing

Manufacturers producing medical devices that involve patient contact are typically required to perform biological safety evaluations, including biocompatibility tests to ensure patient safety, as specified by ISO 10993. Chemical characterization can help support the...

Features : Medical
How User Research Influences Medical Device Design Aesthetics

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 learn how users become aware of the need for such a device, what features or functionality draw people to...

Technology Leaders : Materials
Materials for a Modern World: How Trends in Population Growth Are Driving Advances in Drug-Delivery Materials Science

TECHNOLOGY LEADERS: Materials/Coatings/Adhesives

According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs—Population Division, the world’s population is projected to skyrocket from approximately 7...

Technology Leaders : Materials
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 engaged in major sustainability initiatives. Medical device engineers and managers will be responsible for...

Features : Medical
Advanced Laser Welding Technology Meets the Challenges of Medical Device Manufacturing

The medical industry continues to develop new devices that are smaller in size and more sophisticated in functionality. From in vitro diagnostics and treatment of chronic disease to completely taking over bodily functions, today’s medical devices are...

Features : Medical
How Augmented Reality Technology and Lessons Learned from Automotive Manufacturing Can Improve Medical Manufacturing

At a time when the healthcare industry is undergoing profound foundational shifts and the regulatory and legislative environment continues to evolve in new directions, the stakes for the medical device manufacturing industry have...

Features : Medical
New Technology Advancements in Plastic Welding Equipment to Support Medical Device Manufacturers

In recent decades, plastics have made healthcare simpler, less difficult, and make new techniques and prostheses possible. Therefore, it is more important than ever for medical device and component manufacturers to understand some of the latest...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
CAM Programming vs. Manual Programming in Medical Machining

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 “back bone” of medical device machining are 5-axis Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Mills, Wire...

Features : Medical
Milling Tooling Developments Increase Quality and Productivity in the Machining of Orthopedic Replacement Components

The manufacturing of medical components must meet standards of accuracy, reliability, quality, and traceability that equal and sometimes exceed those required for aerospace and nuclear parts. In addition, global competition and...

Features : Medical
Improving the Design of Medical Device Components with Rolled Threads

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 operation and assembly of the device, they must be designed for high strength and dependability.

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Forming Nanobridges with Electron Beam Writing

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 nanostructures from a variety of materials, including metals. The new technique, they say, uses...

Briefs : Medical
Workshops for Warriors Trains Veterans in Machining/Welding

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 to find employment, one organization— Workshop for Warriors—has found a way to combine the two...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Metallic Glue May Replace Soldering/Welding

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 say they have come up with a better way of sticking things together.

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Testing & Quality Control for Nanomanufacturing

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 conditions, thanks to an advance that they have made in roll-to-roll measurements. Roll-to-roll...

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