Keyword: Elastomers

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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The noninvasive nanochip applies a harmless electric spark to deliver specific genes in a fraction of a second.
Features: Regulations/Standards
Bring your project from the process development phase of manufacturing to a fully validated one.
R&D: Materials
Researchers developed a method to bond human skin to rubber-like polymeric materials without an adhesive.
R&D: Materials
Researchers used individual fingertips fitted with stretchable tactile sensors with liquid metal.
R&D: Energy
A flexible heat harvesting device shows better efficiency at retaining heat to power the device.
Features: Tubing & Extrusion
High consistency rubbers (HCRs) give medical device manufacturers the versatility they need for demanding therapeutic applications.
Briefs: Materials
Medical device OEMs often face a tough decision: Use HCR or LSR for medical device component manufacturing?
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The membrane wicks water away from the skin.
R&D: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A silicone aorta can reduce how hard patients’ hearts have to pump.
Briefs: Design
The respirator earned a 100 percent success rate for fit testing.
R&D: Materials
Using 3D printers, scientists have created synthetic soft surfaces with tongue-like textures.
R&D: Medical
Engineers have developed a new framework that makes elastomer design a modular process, allowing for the mixing and matching of different metals with a single polymer.
R&D: Materials
Researchers have 3D printed a complex, porous lattice structure using liquid crystal elastomers (LCEs), creating devices that can finally mimic cartilage and other biological tissues.
R&D: Materials
A novel stretchable material, when used in light-emitting capacitor devices, enables highly visible illumination at low operating voltages.
Briefs: Medical
The prototype mask, which includes an N95 filter, can be easily sterilized and worn many times.
R&D: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A researcher has developed an electronic skin that is applied directly on top of real skin.
Briefs: Design

“Seventy-five percent of all fatal motorcycle accidents globally involve brain injury, with rotational forces acting on the brain being the primary cause of death,” According to NHTSA....

Briefs: Materials

Silicone has a long and proven history of use with medical devices and can provide many benefits, from flexibility to cushioning. When working with some medical devices, however,...

Features: Materials

The history of silicone rubber is synonymous with advancements in medical materials. Silicones, a family of biocompatible elastomers, provide an attractive balance of...

Features: Medical

In an effort to design smaller, more intricate and complicated medical devices without running afoul of increasingly stringent national and international regulations, many designers are...

Technology Leaders: Materials

With more insight about the characteristics of this versatile silicone material, medical device manufacturers can better understand potential applications and...

Features: Tubing & Extrusion

Device functionality is usually the starting point when designing devices. Another element that needs to be considered when designing devices and their subsequent components...

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control

A team of researchers has developed an integrated fabrication process that enables the design of soft robots on the millimeter scale with micrometer-scale features. To demonstrate the capabilities of...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics

Compression therapy is a standard form of treatment for patients who suffer from venous ulcers and other conditions in which veins struggle to return blood from the lower extremities....

R&D: Medical

Scientists have found a fast and simple way to make super-elastic, multi-material, high-performance fibers. Their fibers have already been used as sensors on robotic fingers and in clothing. This...

R&D: Medical

Engineers have developed a thin, lightweight, rubber-like adhesive film that can stick to highly deformable regions of the body, such as the knee and elbow, and maintain its hold even after 100...

R&D: Medical

Cochlear implants (CIs) are becoming the main way to solve a number of hearing difficulties. Doctors insert hard rubber hearing devices into a patient’s ear, turning the device to obtain...

R&D: Materials

Researchers have developed a new type of rubber that is as tough as natural rubber but can also self-heal. Applications include wearable electronics and other medical devices. In order to make a rubber...

Features: Medical

Along with cost savings, coextrusion technology offers improved functionality in new tubing products. This article explores how this micro-dimensional tubing is currently being used to meet...

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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.