Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
As 3D Printing Grows, Compounders Become Production Partners

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, grew from startup roots in the mid- 1980s to a $2.2 billion business by 2012, according to industry consultants Wohlers Associates, Fort Collins, CO. While it took 20 years to reach the $1 billion plateau, the industry reached its...

Features : Materials
Balanced Filling in Thermoplastic Medical Molding

If molten plastic behaved like a simple fluid, there would be little need to worry about balanced filling during molding. The melt would fill the cavities like water, and the way the mold filled would have little or no influence on the properties of the molded parts. In reality, molten plastics...

Features : Materials
Design Considerations for Selection of Skin-Contacting Adhesives

Medical device designers frequently face the need to adhere products to the skin, whether it is for a few minutes or in perpetuity. The huge array of pressure-sensitive materials available can make product selection a daunting task. This article outlines some of the most basic...

Features : Propulsion
Robotic Exoskeleton Vastly Improves Quality of Life
Robotic Exoskeleton Vastly Improves Quality of Life

Worldwide an estimated 185 million people use a wheelchair daily. A company based in Auckland, New Zealand, has developed an innovative robotic technology that helps people with mobility...

Robotic Exoskeleton Vastly Improves Quality of Life
Products : Materials
Single-Use Tubing Connector Set

Value Plastics, Fort Collins, CO, a Nordson company, introduces RQC Series tubing—a cost-effective solution for flexible tubing connections in single-use systems featuring a user friendly interface with a large button, an optional easy-to-use locking feature, as well as a single barb open flow design to provide...

Products : Medical
EW Scorpion Rapide Laser Marker

Electrox, Burlington, MA, announces its new Scorpion Rapide Yb: Fiber Laser Marker offered from 20 to 100 watts is capable of high-precision marking in most materials, and deep engraving into a variety of metals. The unit supports all common barcode and 2D code variations, and can produce automatic serial numbers,...

Products : Photonics/Optics
FiberMark Fusion Laser

Epilog Laser, Golden, CO, introduces the Fusion FiberMark Laser system, which includes a 32" × 20" engraving table, and features joystick control, job management software, superior chassis strength, industrial DC brushless servo motors, large tempered glass and LED lighting, a temperature sensor/ emergency stop button,...

Products : Materials
Systems and Components for Additive Manufacturing

Aerotech, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, offers a full range of additive manufacturing motion systems and components. Aerotech manufactures its own motors, drives, and motion controllers, and offers a selection of linear, rotary, lift, and Z-axis stages and goniometers with advanced drives and controls,...

Products : Lighting
UV LED Curing Systems

Lumen Dynamics, Mississauga, Canada, introduces four new high-power, air-cooled UV LED area curing solutions. Its new OmniCure® AC450, AC475, AC7150, and AC7300 enable manufacturers to benefit from the highest irradiance at longer working distances with outstanding throughput, low temperature curing, and high product...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Smallest Continuous-Use Liquid Diaphragm Pump

KNF Neuberger, Inc., Trenton, NJ, announces its NF2.35 liquid micro diaphragm pump. With a flow rate of 100 ml/min at 235 PSIG, this oil-free pump draws only 10W at full load, is self-priming, can run dry, and can be mounted in any direction. It can be used with most neutral and aggressive liquids...

Products : Materials
Permanent Marking for Fluoropolymers

Surface Solutions Group, LLC, Chicago, IL, introduces a new process to permanently mark the surface of fluoropolymer items, from fluoropolymer tubing to PTFE coated surfaces. Called VisiMark®, it can be used to mark practically any component with graduations, product codes, bar codes, color codes, arrows,...

Products : Motion Control
ECS Brushless Slotless Motor

Portescap, West Chester, PA, introduces the 22ECS brushless motor. Designed to deliver exceptional efficiency in high-speed applications, the 22ECS runs up to 30 percent cooler than similar motors, at speeds greater than 50K RPM, which allows battery-operated applications to run longer between charging cycles and can...

Products : Medical
High Voltage Magnetics

Datatronics Romoland, Inc., Menifee, CA, says its 4283-1200 Series of hi-voltage flyback transformers, offering primary- to-secondary isolation of up to 7 KVdc, is ideal for applications requiring a high-voltage, low-power signal. Typical applications include line and portable medical devices such as defibrillators,...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Photo Etching Metals with Spring Characteristics

Tech-Etch, Inc., Plymouth, MA, specializes in the etching, forming, heat treating, and finishing of components made from metals with superior spring characteristics. Materials include MP35N, elgiloy, beryllium copper, stainless steels, nitinol, and phos bronze. A team of experienced product...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Femtosecond Laser

Trumpf Inc., Farmington, CT, released its first femtosecond laser, the TruMicro 5050 Femto Edition. This ultrashort pulse laser was built to operate consistently and reliably. With an average power of 40 watts during pulses just 800 femtoseconds long, the TruMicro 5050 is among the most productive infrared femtosecond lasers on...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Sensor Assembly Solutions

Honeywell Sensing and Control, Golden Valley, MN, launched new customizable pressure and thermal sensor solutions, including modules with multiple sensors. Heaters, magnetic, magneto-resistive, infrared, optical, pressure, thermal, and humidity options are all available for customization. MD&M Minn, Booth...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Tri-Layer Co-Extrusion Catalog

Interface Catheter Solutions, Laguna Niguel, CA, introduces an online tri-layer co-extrusion catalog to order tubing. The catalog offers extrusion for .014" guide wire for peripheral dilatation catheters along with minimally invasive catheters with varying inner and outer diameters to accommodate a standard size...

Products : Motion Control
Integrated Drive for OEM Pumps

Watson-Marlow Pumps Group, Wilmington, MA, introduces DriveSure™, a new panel-mount OEM brushless DC gear motor with fully integrated speed controller. DriveSure features a 51:1 control ratio and a 408-8rpm speed range, and is offered in 24V and 48V DC options. It features a range of panel-mount brushless DC...

Products : Materials
Product of theMonth: Optically Clear, Medical Grade Epoxy

Master Bond Inc., Hackensack, NJ, announces that its UV10TKMed can be employed in a wide variety of applications involving both disposable and reusable medical device manufacturing. It offers high temperature resistance and the ability to withstand repeated sterilizations along with a...

News : Medical
Creating Next-Generation Prosthetic Heart Valves

Engineers in the School of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, are developing a new family of replacement heart valves made from synthetic materials that, they say, will be superior to current mechanical and tissue-based...

From the Editor : Medical
From the Editor: October 2013

The school year has barely begun and what are students up to? Pretty amazing things, if they’re anything like the students who won grants from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA). Grants are also awarded to faculty who ignite a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship among science...

News : Medical
Innovators Seek Ideas to Reduce Infection Rates

Hill-Rom, Batesville, IN, a leading manufacturer and provider of medical technologies, and Edison Nation Medical, Charlotte, NC, a medical invention developer and online resource for health care innovation, have formed a partnership to conduct a worldwide search for medical invention ideas to...

News : Medical
September Month-End Industry News

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

News : Imaging
First Real-Time Detector for IV-Delivered Drugs May Eliminate Errors

While computerized smart systems can deliver drugs intravenously in exact volumes to hospital patients, the systems cannot recognize which medications are in the tubing nor can they determine the concentration of the drug in the tubing, which could lead to serious medication...

News : Medical
Proposed Vascular Stent Standard Being Developed by ASTM

All interested parties are welcome to join in the development of a proposed new ASTM International standard that will provide guidance on how to conduct axial, bending, and torsional fatigue testing of stents. The proposed new standard, ASTM WK23330, Guide for in vitro Axial, Bending and...

News : Medical
Plastics from Renewable Raw Materials

A team of scientists from Graz University of Technology, Austria, together with colleagues from the Medical University of Graz, Vienna University of Technology, and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, are developing absorbable implants to promote bone healing that can be broken...

News : Medical
Encrypting Heartbeats to Keep Implants Safe from Hackers

Implanted medical devices like defibrillators and insulin pumps now include wireless connections to let doctors or technicians update software or download data—but such improvements could open the door to life-threatening wireless attacks. Security researchers have shown that they can...

News : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Electronic Smart Pump Could Revolutionize Heart Disease Treatment

Researchers at Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust in the UK say that they are developing the world’s first electronic smart pump, which could increase survival chances of victims of chronic heart failure. The smart aortic graft would be...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
New Heart Catheter Used on US Patient

An innovative new heart catheter, the IntellaTip MiFi™ XP catheter, pinpoints areas for therapy delivery. The device was given FDA approval in the United States in August for the treatment of atrial flutter, an arrhythmia that affects nearly one million people in the United States.

News : Materials
Jetprinting Nanostructures with Self-Assembling Material

A team of engineers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Chicago, and Hanyang University in Korea has developed a new approach to fabricating nanostructures for the semiconductor and magnetic storage industries. This approach combines advanced ink-jet...

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