Thermal Cycling Calculator

The Calculator is an online simulation tool for PCR thermal cycling applications.

Laird, Durham, NC, has launched an online simulation tool for PCR thermal cycling applications. Thermoelectric coolers designed for thermal cycling, such as the PowerCycling PCX Series, are used for real-time PCR to precisely temperature control DNA amplification to three temperature set points. Selecting the right thermoelectric cooler for thermal cycling can be a difficult process for any design engineer. Using the web-based simulation tool, design engineers can input known attributes such as geometry constraints, desired setpoint temperatures, and thermal mass on control side to estimate required heat pumping capacity needed to achieve specific ramp rates.

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Universal Machining Center

The GROB G350

A universal machining center featuring a compact design is available from GROB Systems, Bluffton, OH. The GROB G350, which offers maximum milling performance, high visibility, and optimized work area access, is ideal for use in medical applications. It features a unique machine concept: three linear and two rotary axes enable 5-axis simultaneous machining and simultaneous interpolation. The machine’s unique axis arrangement enables upside down machining, offering almost limitless possibilities for part machining. The horizontal spindle position allows the longest possible Z-travel path and optimum chip fall.

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The M12 connector

A two-piece circular connector from Binder, Camarillo, CA, offers square-flange housing for easy assembly and multi-position, lockable A-coding that supports variable cable installation. The M12 connector’s two-part design enables user-friendly, safe assembly. It consists of a metal flange housing and a contact carrier equipped with a lockable coding nose, which can be rotated in 45° increments. Additionally, the housing of the M12 single-wire model has the same drilling scheme as the M16 form factor.

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Cable Modules for Endoscopes

The OVMed® module

Omnivision, Santa Clara, CA, has released cable modules for single-use endoscope and catheters. The fully integrated OVMed® OCHSA and OCHTA medical-grade imaging sub-systems combine an exceptionally small diameter camera module with upgraded OVMed cables and mini-LED illumination for a complete, fully medically tested assembly that provides excellent image quality and reduces development cost and time to market. The OCHSA cable module offers 800 × 800 pixel resolution with high-speed MIPI digital interface for larger outer diameter endoscopes.

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Micro Pump

The i-FILL® micro pump

Intellitech, Saint Petersburg, FL, has released a new micro pump designed for precision liquid dispensing. The i-FILL® micro pump provides precise, repeatable dispensing of 100 mcl to 15 ml with single stroke capacity and larger volumes are possible with multiple strokes. The micro pump delivers repeatable liquid filling accuracy ±5 percent of the intended volume. It is designed to pump dry and does not drip between dispensing batches. As an alternative to peristaltic pump technology, the pump design, which is a hybrid of a diaphragm and piston pump, is gentler and more reliable when dispensing biologics or specialty chemicals

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The CoroDrill®

Sandvik Coromant, Mebane, NC, has launched two new microdrill families specifically designed for precision machining. The CoroDrill® 462 with -XM geometry and the CoroDrill® 862 with -GM geometry support industries with high demand for small part manufacturing, including medical. The drills have been specially adapted to overcome the challenges of micro drilling. Both drills can easily drill hole depths of up to nine times diameter (9xD) when using external coolant, and a through-coolant option is also available for drilling diameters of 1 mm and above and hole depths of up to 16xD. The 462 offers high-performance hole making up to 3 mm. Ideal for drilling both blind and through holes, the drill is capable of machining a variety of ISO materials.

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Flexible Cable Jumpers

The Premo-Flex Shielded Flat Flexible cable jumper

TTI, Fort Worth, TX, offers Molex 0.5 mm pitch cable jumpers. The Premo-Flex Shielded Flat Flexible cable jumpers feature low-profile, ultrathin aluminum foil shielding and are ideal for space-constrained applications. First- and last-pin grounding to enhance EMI protection is standard. Custom capabilities are also available. The jumpers are ideal for use in a variety of medical applications.

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CAD Software App

Xometry, Rockville, MD, has launched version 2.0 of its app for Autodesk Fusion 360, a leading CAD design platform. The app is free and can be downloaded directly from the Autodesk Fusion 360 App Store. The updated app features instant manufacturability feedback and multiple part upload capabilities along with pricing and lead time estimates. With manufacturability feedback, engineers and designers receive information on part manufacturability while they are designing in the Fusion 360 interface. With the ability to upload multiple parts, engineers can price and receive feedback on multiple parts at the same time.

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