Products: Medical
NuPRO-E42 System Host Board

ADLINK Technology, San Jose, CA, announces the NuPRO-E42 SHB, addressing the need for the most reliable, industrial grade, high performance computing platform for automation applications, including those used in...

MSC Industrial Supply Co., Melville, NY, expands its Accupro line of high-performance, high-value metal work ing products with hundreds of new milling, threading, and tool holding solutions, in -...

Products: Medical
Silicone Cables

Affinity Medical Technologies, a Molex company, Costa Mesa, CA, offers MediSpec™ silicone cables that are customized to meet specific sterilization requirements for medical surgical applications. Silicone-jacketed cable is...

One of the most promising surgical options for treating spinal injury and deterioration of spinal discs is the use of artificial discs to replace the patient’s natural...

The complex technologies, chemistry, and regulations involved in manufacturing medical products have always made it one of the most challenging businesses. Yet, despite the...

Briefs: Medical
$19 Million Funding Awarded for Additive Manufacturing Projects

America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, announced the 15 awardees of its second call for additive manufacturing (AM) applied research and development projects. Driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining, America Makes will...

In the future, thin-film heating will allow plastic parts to be produced with greatly improved surface quality. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM, Freiburg,...

Cyborgs Are Already Here

Cyborgs that combine machine systems with living organisms to have extraordinary abilities are already a reality say researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). This is...

Technology Leaders: Tubing & Extrusion
Tips for Medical Device Tubing Selection

Determining what tubing to use in a medical device involves considerable research. Designers must investigate ingredients, performance, documentation requirements, sterility, and other qualifying...

Technology Leaders: Medical
Minimally Invasive, Maximally Innovative: Polymer Science and Extrusion Plays Vital Role

William “Bill” Cook started Cook Medical out of a spare bedroom in his Bloomington, IN, apartment in 1963. It was where he and his wife, Gayle, made guide wires, guiding catheters, and other small devices used in diagnostic radiology.

Global Innovations: Medical
Inking Orthopaedic Implants During Surgery
University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia

A hand-held device they call a “BioPen” has been developed by researchers at the University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia,...

From the Editor: Medical
From the Editor — The Next Big Thing

It was set to be the “next big thing”. Designed to aid patients suffering from resistive hypertension who failed to respond to conventional medical therapy, the stakes were huge for catheter-based...

News: Medical
3D Printing Creates Implantable Heart Device

Using an inexpensive 3D printer, biomedical engineers at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, say that they have developed a custom-fitted, implantable device with embedded sensors that could treat cardiac disorders.

News: Medical
Twisting Sound to Improve Ultrasound Imaging

A team of scientists from Nanjing University in China and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is exploring the use of metamaterials to create devices that manipulate sound in versatile and unprecedented ways. This was reported in the journal, Applied Physics Letters.

News: Photonics/Optics
Unique Optical Fibers Transmit High-Resolution Images

Engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee first discovered a new way to propagate multiple beams of light through a single strand of optical fiber. Now, they say that their unique fiber architecture can transmit images of comparable or better quality than commercial endoscopy imaging...

News: Medical
February 2014 Month-End Industry News

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

News: Medical
Lowering the Costs of Organ Cell Printing

A specialized 3D printing extruder developed by a sophomore and collaborator at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) could lower the costs of printing cellular structures for use in drug testing. The so-called CarmAl extruder (Carbohydrate Anhydrous Rapid Manufacturing Aluminum extruder) its...

News: Materials
Determining Risks of Nickel in the Heart

Materials scientists at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany, have examined implants made of nickel-titanium alloy in a long-term study and have determined that the release of nickel from wires made of nickel-titanium alloys is very low. They found that the metal was also safe over longer...

News: Electronics & Computers
Pomegranate Inspires Battery Design

Researchers at Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has invented an electrode designed like a pomegranate with silicon nanoparticles clustered like seeds in a tough carbon rind, that they say overcomes several obstacles to using silicon for a new generation...

News: Medical
Wirelessly Rechargeable Cochlear implants

Cochlear implants, which electrically stimulate the auditory nerve, grant some hearing to those who might otherwise be deaf. One drawback has been that the devices require that a transmitter be affixed externally to the skull, with a wire snaking down to a joint microphone and power source that looks...

News: Electronics & Computers
Bionic Hand Allows Amputee Real-Time Sense of Touch

A team of researchers and engineers at the Swiss Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Center for Neuroprosthetics and SSSA (Italy) have developed a revolutionary sensory feedback that allowed an amputee named Dennis Aabo Sørensen to feel sensory-rich information, in real-time,...

News: Imaging
Credit Card-Sized Device Could Diagnose Cancer in Minutes

University of Washington, Seattle, scientists and engineers are developing a low-cost device that could help pathologists diagnose pancreatic cancer earlier and faster. The prototype can perform the basic steps for processing a biopsy, relying on fluid transport instead of human hands to...

News: Medical
New Laser Could Enable Breath Diagnostics

A team of physics researchers at the University of Adelaide, Australia, say that they have developed a new type of laser that will enable advances in areas as diverse as breath analysis for disease diagnosis and remote sensing of critical greenhouse gases.

News: Nanotechnology
Self-Aligning Wires for Nanoelectronics

Miniaturization in microelectronics is beginning to reach its physical limits, say researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research, who are seeking new methods for device fabrication. They have discovered that one method may be the DNA...

News: Electronics & Computers
Understanding How Piezoelectrics Work

Piezoelectrics, which can change mechanical stress to electricity and back again, are widely used in many fields, including computer hard drives, medical ultrasound, and sonar. Even so, understanding exactly they work is less widespread. A team of researchers at the National Institute of Standards and...

News: Medical
Student-Built Painting Robot Could Someday Aid Surgeons

Timothy Lee, a student at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, has built a robotic painting arm that can replicate the lines and shapes a surgeon makes with a scalpel using a paintbrush and canvas. His creative invention, a blend of art and science, could one day lend doctors a hand...

News: Electronics & Computers
Improving Safety of Lithium Ion Batteries

A team of Washington State University (WSU), Pullman, researchers has developed a gummy battery material that, they say, could dramatically improve the safety of lithium ion batteries.

News: Medical
Studying Complex Molecules with New Instrument

A team of graduate students along with a chemistry professor at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, say that they have invented a new scientific instrument—the world’s first fully automated dual-frequency, two-dimensional infrared spectrometer.

News: Medical
February 2014 Mid-Month Industry News

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

Ask the Expert

Dan Sanchez on How to Improve Extruded Components

Improving extruded components requires careful attention to a number of factors, including dimensional tolerance, material selection, and processing. Trelleborg’s Dan Sanchez provides detailed insights into each of these considerations to help you advance your device innovations while reducing costs and speeding time to market.