Keyword: Materials properties

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R&D: Materials
The researchers used water as the solvent and developed an LCST-type thermoresponsive polymer by adding alkaline earth metal ions — which are divalent cations — to polymers and aqueous solutions.
Briefs: Medical
The new class of materials is insoluble, so it can be used over and over again. Such catalysts could be used to coat tubing and perform chemical transformations on reactants as they flow through the tube.
R&D: Materials

An ancient metal used for its microbial properties is the basis for a materials-based solution to disinfection. A team of scientists has developed an antimicrobial spray that deposits a layer of...

R&D: Medical

Researchers have shown that electrospun materials have many advantages over conventional bulk materials for the development of wearables. Electrospun materials’ high surface-to-volume...

R&D: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Researchers have developed three-in-one hybrid material smart skin for the next generation of artificial, electronic skin using a novel process. With 2,000 individual sensors per square millimeter,...

R&D: Materials

Scientists used photoelectrochemical measurement and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to clarify the source of titanium’s biocompatibility when implanted into the body, as with hip...

Briefs: Test & Measurement

Trends in wearable technology follow those of the broader biomedical and electronics industries — devices are getting smaller, smarter, and easier to use. Specifically, wearables in...

Features: Materials

The basis of metal injection molding (MIM) technology involves fine metal powders, which are combined with thermoplastic binders and surfactants, allowing injection in a plastic...

R&D: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Researchers have developed a new way to 3D print glass microstructures that is faster and produces objects with higher optical quality, design flexibility, and strength....

R&D: Nanotechnology

Researchers have developed a compound consisting of insulin bound to a string of amino acids that includes an antioxidant group. An earlier study in mice suggested this nanomaterial’s...

Features: Medical

There’s strong demand for smart, new lifesaving and life-enhancing technologies in the global medical device market. To meet this demand, medical device manufacturers...

Features: Medical

Plastic consumables for medical applications are often very complex and sophisticated devices. Before these devices can be used by healthcare workers or home care patients, they...

R&D: Medical

Gadolinium-doped cerium oxide could be a promising alternative to certain piezoelectric materials. It is lead-free, which means that it could be employed in biocompatible medical applications. Further...

Global Innovations: Medical

Engineers at EPFL and ETH have developed a variable stiffness catheter made of nontoxic threads that can transition between soft and rigid states during surgery. It...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Detecting nonuniformities in optical properties opens the door to new uses
R&D: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The research offers potential inspiration for microfluidic pumps that allow the controlled flow of liquids.
Briefs: Medical
The highly adaptable materials could lead to new classes of wearable devices.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The self-powered sensor can be integrated into soft robots or smart clothing.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The material is optically transparent and easily manipulated.
Technology Leaders: Regulations/Standards
Modern evaluation of biocompatibility uses a risk-based approach.
R&D: Materials
Researchers are working on a coating that mimics bone tissue.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Totimorphic structural materials can achieve any shape.
Features: Materials
Plasma nitriding has a broad appeal to surface treat many metallic materials used in medical applications, including titanium alloys
R&D: Materials
An international team of researchers has discovered a path that could lead to shape-shifting ceramic materials.
Features: Materials
Learn some of the essential areas of plasma treatment in the medical device industry.
R&D: Materials
The new coatings were inspired by the natural world.
Features: Materials
Learn about the different material options for balloon catheters.
Briefs: Materials
The coating is customizable to individuals and requires less than 10 minutes to prepare and use.
R&D: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A new type of chain mail fabric is flexible like cloth but can stiffen on demand.

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Rapid Precision Prototyping Program Speeds Medtech Product Development

Rapid prototyping technologies play an important role in supporting new product development (NPD) by companies that are working to bring novel and innovative products to market. But in advanced industries where products often make use of multiple technologies, and where meeting a part’s exacting tolerances is essential, speed without precision is rarely enough. In such advanced manufacturing—including the medical device and surgical robotics industries — the ability to produce high-precision prototypes early in the development cycle can be critical for meeting design expectations and bringing finished products to market efficiently.