News : Medical
Improving Reactions to Device Implants

A team of scientists at the University of Texas at Arlington used mathematical modeling to develop a computer simulation that they hope will one day improve the treatment of dangerous reactions to medical implants such as stents, catheters, and artificial joints.

News : Medical
Spider's Silk Could Aid Medical Implants

The silk of the venomous brown recluse spider could be the key to creating new super-sticky films and wafer-thin electronics and sensors for medical implants that are highly compatible with the human body. So says a team of scientists from Oxford University, UK, and The College of William and Mary,...

News : Medical
FDA Hampered by Federal Government Shutdown

An indefinite shutdown of the US government has caused the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to severely limit its activities related to new medical device registrations. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services as well as an email from the FDA, the agency will have no legal...

News : Photonics/Optics
Hospital-Grade Blood Flow Imager for Less than $100

Measuring blood flow in the laboratory to study ailments like migraines or strokes and designing new ways to address them can be accomplished using laser speckle contrast imaging. However, this requires expensive professional-grade imaging equipment. Researchers at the University of Texas at...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Self-Assembling Robotic Cubes

Small cubes with no exterior moving parts can propel themselves forward, jump on top of each other, and snap together to form arbitrary shapes, say researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. Known as M-Blocks, the robots are cubes with no external moving parts. Nonetheless, they’re able...

News : Photonics/Optics
Accelerator on a Chip Could Lead to Improved Lasers, X-Rays

Cutting-edge research being conducted by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University could dramatically shrink particle accelerators for science and medicine. They used a laser to accelerate electrons at a rate 10...

News : Medical
Breakthrough in Low-Cost, Automated Chemotherapy Treatment Wins $20,000 Global Design Competition

New York, NY – ChemoPatch, a low-cost, disposable, electronic patch-based cancer chemotherapy device designed to be simple, automated, and easy-to-use by cancer patients outside of the hospital, has been awarded the grand prize of $20,000 in the...

News : Materials
Bendable Ceramics with Shape Memory

Ceramics are brittle and tend to crack under stress. But, researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, along with colleagues in Singapore, say that they have found a way around that problem, at least for tiny objects.

News : Medical
First Thought-Controlled Bionic Leg Revealed

A team of researchers at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) has revealed clinical applications for the world’s first thought-controlled bionic leg—a significant milestone for lower limb amputees in the rapidly growing field of bionics. RIC's Center for Bionic Medicine developed a system...

News : Imaging
Laser-Based Tool Could Dramatically Improve Brain Surgery

Laser-based technology could make brain tumor surgery more accurate by allowing surgeons to better identify cancer tissue from normal brain tissue at a microscopic level during surgery. This could allow them to avoid leaving behind cells that could spawn a new tumor, say a team of...

News : Materials
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...

Features : Medical
Assessing Medtech’s Value Proposition

Over the years, medtech companies have become quite adept at working with clinicians to identify unmet clinical needs, and developing products to address those needs. In both start-ups and established companies, industry investment in product-related research and development has always commanded a...

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 : Medical
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...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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 : Photonics/Optics
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 : Photonics/Optics
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 : Manufacturing & Prototyping
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 : Medical
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 : Medical
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...

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