Keyword: Durability

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Technology Leaders: Materials
Learn about a polymer material being explored for complex joint prosthesis systems.
Briefs: Packaging & Sterilization
Next-generation sutures can deliver drugs, prevent infections, and monitor wounds.
Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping
New sensors and high-performance microwiring are extending the performance of active myoelectric prosthetics.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Inspection, measurement, and documentation are critical elements.
Features: Medical

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

Technology Leaders: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Value engineering (VE) is an organized/systematic approach directed at analyzing the function of systems, equipment, facilities, services, and supplies for the purpose of achieving their...

Global Innovations: Materials

Cuts, scrapes, blisters, burns, splinters, and punctures — there are a number of ways our skin can be broken. Most treatments for skin wounds involve simply placing a barrier over them (usually an...

Global Innovations: Materials

Researchers at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) have developed a highly flexible, high-energy textile lithium battery that offers more stable, durable, and safe...

R&D: Medical

Researchers have shown a way to use graphene oxide (GO) to add some backbone to hydrogel materials made from alginate, a natural material derived from seaweed that is currently...

Features: Materials

Medical devices across the United States must not only keep pace with advances in technology but also with the increased use of harsh solvents and...

R&D: Medical

Researchers have developed a new type of dental composite that provides an extra layer of durability to treated teeth. The potential payoff is longer lasting fillings,...

R&D: Medical

An innovative pad combines both reinforcing pressure and occlusion to treat hypertrophic scars from burns, surgeries, and trauma. The Smart Scar-Care pad showed good performance in reducing...

R&D: Materials
Durable Electronics Material Shrinks When Heated

Most materials swell when they warm, and shrink when they cool. A University of Connecticut physicist, however, has been investigating a substance that responds in reverse. Scandium trifluoride, a material with negative thermal expansion, may be used to create more durable electronics.

Global Innovations: Medical
Empa Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Duebendorf, Switzerland www.empa.ch

Natural joints can wear out due to daily stress and body movement, so you would expect that...

R&D: Medical

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...

Briefs: Materials

Aluminum outperforms other materials to become an ideal choice for manufacturing of medical instruments, equipment, and devices mainly due to its intrinsic sustainable qualities....

Briefs: Medical

Formerly used only in the aerospace arena, Flexeon is a radical departure from the rigid carbon fiber materials found in most prosthetic feet. It’s a specially- formulated reinforced...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition

This ultrasonic echo apparatus can measure tissue inside living bodies, non-invasively. The developed probe has a film-like piezoelectric sensor installed on the contact...

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Ralph Bright on the Power of Power Cords

Understanding power system components and how to connect them correctly is critical to meeting regulatory requirements and designing successful electrical products for worldwide markets. Interpower’s Ralph Bright defines these requirements and explains how to know which cord to select for your application.

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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.