Briefs : Materials
Treating Brain Aneurysms with Polymer Foam

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

A team of engineers at Texas A&M University, led by Duncan Maitland, a professor of biomedical engineering, along with the Mayo Clinic Medical School, aims to use special polyurethane-based shape memory polymer foams (SMPs) as a more effective and...

Briefs : Medical
Imaging Catheter Could Reduce Cardiac Complications

A team of scientists at RTI International, a leading research institute, have developed a 3D imaging catheter aimed at providing cardiologists with a live view from inside the heart during cardiac catheterizations. The catheter contains an ultrasound microarray made using semiconductor circuit...

Briefs : Medical
Precision X-Ray Microscope for Nanoscale Imaging

The need to image nanostructures and chemical reactions down to nanometer resolution requires a new class of x-ray microscope that can perform precision microscopy experiments using ultra-bright x-rays. The National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) at Brookhaven National Laboratory, has...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Engineering and Construction Process for Custom Device Cases
Engineering and Construction Process for Custom Device Cases

When bringing new medical equipment or portable mobile medical devices to market, manufacturers turn to packaging engineers to develop custom case solutions that can enhance and...

Engineering and Construction Process for Custom Device Cases
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Semiconductor Laser Improves Imaging Quality

An interdepartmental team of scientists in applied physics, electrical and biomedical engineering, and diagnostic radiology at Yale University say that there has been an intense and ongoing search for the ideal light sources for high-speed, full-field imaging applications ranging from next-generation...

NASA Spinoff : Photonics/Optics
Micromachined Parts Advance Medicine, Astrophysics, and More

NASA Technology

Anyone who remembers the Micro Machines line of toys might be surprised to learn that the tiny model vehicles are positively gargantuan compared with actual micromachine manufacturing. While specimens of the miniature toy collection may indeed have been...

Features : Medical
Spinal Implant May Combat Paralysis

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland

Spinal cord injuries may no longer mean a lifetime of paralysis, say researchers at EPFL. They have developed a new neural stimulation implant that, they say, can be applied directly to the spinal cord...

Features : Medical
Guide Wire Coatings Put to the Test

Guide wires with a highly lubricious coating are an essential staple of many interventional procedures. In the operating room (OR), you can observe guide wires undergoing multiple passes, constant rotational forces, insertions, and extractions. Just how a design team tests a guide wire coating is essential to...

Features : Medical
Surface Engineering in Medical Technology: From DLC to Plasma and Beyond

New materials and technological advances continue to proliferate the medtech industry at a rapid rate, and suppliers strive to offer innovative solutions to meet the demands of increasingly complex components and devices. A wide range of specialized materials are used...

Products : Medical
FluoroPEELZ™ Peelable Heat Shrink

Zeus, Orangeburg, SC, announces the release of FluoroPEELZ™, a new optically clear peelable heat shrink, which offers catheter manufacturers a new method to increase yield and improve safety. Removing recovered heat shrink from the outer shaft can be laborious. With FluoroPEELZ™, one simple linear tear...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
USB Arbitrary Waveform Generator

ACCES I/O Products, Inc., San Diego, CA, introduces a new USB high speed arbitrary waveform output board with flexible ranges and configurable digital I/O lines. Industry standard BNC connectors are used for the analog waveform output and the gate control input, while the utility digital I/O lines are accessed...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Pneumatic Products & Solutions Catalog

Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc., Cincinnati, OH, has just released its new full line catalog. This new edition features more than ten new product lines including specifications, technical drawings, and application highlights throughout its complete line of miniature pneumatic products.

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Products : Photonics/Optics
Replacement Laser Optics for Marking and Engraving

Laser Research Optics, Providence, RI, announces that it can supply a full line of OEM compatible, field-replacement CO2 laser optics supplied plain or mounted for popular marking and engraving lasers available for overnight shipment. Featuring < 0.2% total absorption values, and optimized...

Products : Electronics & Computers
0T Series – Watertight Connector

LEMO USA, Inc., Rohnert Park, CA, introduces the 0T Series Connector, a small sized watertight connector using the same original LEMO Push-Pull technology. Based on the LEMO B Series, the 0T Series Connector includes a special construction with an inner sleeve and extra sealing to enable IP68 water protection....

Products : Medical
International Power Cords and Cord Sets

Qualtek, Mentor, OH, announces that it now fully stocks a comprehensive selection of 2- and 3-conductor North American power cords, international power cords, and hospital-grade power cords in various configurations. A wide selection of plugs and connectors are available with various cable jackets...

Products : Materials
Amplicoat Conductive Coating for Medical Devices

Biotectix, Ann Arbor, MI, has introduced a highly durable electroconductive polymer coating called Amplicoat™, which incorporates Photolink®, a proprietary surface modification technology developed by SurModics, Inc. The new coating can be easily applied to a variety of metal electrodes,...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping

COMSOL, Inc., Burlington, MA, announces the release of COMSOL Server™, a new product developed specifically for running applications built with the Application Builder. COMSOL Server is the engine for running COMSOL apps and...

Products : Motion Control
J Series Servo Motors

Applied Motion Products, Watsonville, CA, announces the latest extension to its servo motor lineup. The J series of low inertia, high performance servo motors are a cost effective choice for demanding automation requirements. With an IP65 environmental rating and UL/CE certifications, J series servo motors range from 100...

Products : Electronics & Computers
27" LCD Medical Monitor

Sony Electronics, Park Ridge, NJ, introduces its new 27-inch surgical monitor combining high resolution, ease of use, and an extra slim design with the medical industry’s brightest panel, for use in operating rooms, medical centers, clinics, and doctor’s offices. It is suitable for use in either a cart system or...

Products : Medical
Orion 200i2 Advanced Micro Welder

Sunstone Engineering, Payson, UT, unveils the Orion 200i2 advanced micro welder featuring advances in design and use that simplify all aspects of micro pulse arc welding. The Orion 200i2 introduces an all-inone head unit containing the welder and touch screen user interface; mounted upon a singlepoint- attached...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
PC-DMIS 2014.1 Measurement Software

Hexagon Metrology, N. Kingstown, RI, has launched PC-DMIS 2014.1, a significant update of the popular measurement software to collect, evaluate, manage, and present manufacturing data. The new mid-term software release introduces tools and technologies to help laser and optical measurement devices perform...

Products : Software
Software Verification on VxWorks 7 Platform

LDRA, Wirral, UK, a leader in standards compliance, automated software verification, source code analysis, and test tools, has fully integrated the LDRA tool suite with the next generation Wind River® VxWorks® 7 realtime operating system to achieve full compliance with industry safetyand...

Products : Medical
Qosina Stopcocks

Qosina, Edgewood, NY, announces that its stopcocks are offered in 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-way fluid direction and 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 gang manifolds. Connections include male luer slip, male luer lock, male luer with spin lock, rotating male luer lock, female luer lock, and tubing ports ranging from 0.118 inch ID to 0.26 inch ID. The...

Products : Materials
Adhesives for Cartridge Dispensing

Epoxies Etc., Cranston, RI, has added three new fast-cure epoxies to the range of adhesive products suitable for use with TriggerBond® dispensing guns. The TriggerBond system packages an adhesive’s two components into their own cartridges, which fit in a dual-barrel dispensing gun. Because the cartridges...

Products : Motion Control
Miniature Slide Guides

NB Corporation of America, Hanover Park, IL, announces the widest selection of miniature linear slide guides. All-stainless models are ideal for high temperature applications. Choose from retained-ball (whose elements allow for easier handling since the guide block may be removed from rail without ball loss) or low-cost...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
OmniSeal Spring-Energized Seals

Saint-Gobain Seals, Garden Grove, CA, releases two new product handbooks: OmniSeal® spring-energized seals (US or EU) and Meldin® HT thermoplastic materials, which have been formatted and designed for engineering, procurement, sales, and management to easily identify sealing and polymer solutions in one...

News : Medical
Shape-Shifting GEM Sensor Responds to Radio Frequencies

Geometrically encoded magnetic sensors (GEMs), developed by researchers from National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), react to local biochemical conditions by changing their shape and response to radio frequencies.

Products : Medical
From the Editor: April 2015

In December, we asked Medical Design Briefs readers to select the one product from our 12 Products of the Month that you thought was the most significant new introduction to the design engineering community in 2014. Thank you to all of our readers who voted and chose two winners for the 2014 Medical Design Briefs’...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Never a Dull Moment

From 3D printing to superbugs, medtech suppliers have plenty on their plates

In this Outsourcing Outlook newsletter, Contributing Editor Steve Halasey examines the latest industry news concerning outsourcing/contract manufacturing.

News : Medical
Bioplastics Demonstrate Antibacterial Properties

According to a recent study by the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences, bioplastics made from protein sources have shown significant antibacterial properties. The materials could be used in medical applications, such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes,...

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