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Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Materials Matter for Connected Health

Technology has always played a central role in healthcare. From microscopes to medical imaging, and from pacemakers to prosthetics, technological breakthroughs throughout history have improved diagnosis,...

Features : Materials
Regenerative Medicine: 3D Printing Biological Tissue
Fraunhofer Institute
Munich, Germany

The future of medicine is biological — and scientists hope we will soon be using 3D printed biologically functional tissue to replace...

Features : Photonics/Optics
The ‘Relativity’ of High Q Capacitors

For many high-power RF applications, the “Q factor” of embedded capacitors is one of the most important characteristics in the design of circuits. This includes products such as cellular/telecom...

Features : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Force-Sensitive Innovations: Addressing Cerebral Palsy Challenges with Electronic Medical Training Devices

Nine years ago, Julian Gunderson was born three months prematurely and weighed just 1 kg (2.2 lb). After a year's worth of injections,...

Features : Electronics & Computers
Strategies for Low-Risk Sourcing of Components in a Constrained Market

The medical device industry often looks to independent distributors to address chronic shortages in the availability of electronic components. Direct sourcing of...

Features : Design
Reimagining Innovation: Additive Manufacturing

In the injectable drug-delivery industry, expectations for improved patient experiences with administration and at-home delivery of therapeutic regimens are evolving. Products that combine the...

Features : Materials
Design for Manufacturability Improves Articulating Instrument Development

Precision in surgery is paramount. Surgeons rely on a variety of handheld instruments, and they increasingly want tools that can aid in accessing hard-to-reach areas...

Features : Materials
Functional PVD Coatings Improve Medical Device Performance and Life

As the medical device industry continues to grow rapidly, manufacturers must contend with a variety of challenges if they wish to differentiate products in a highly...

Features : Electronics & Computers
Ultrasensitive Heat Sensor for Wound Healing and Electronic Skin
Linköping University
Linköping, Sweden

Scientists at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics have developed an ultrasensitive heat sensor that is flexible,...

Features : Wearables
Style Meets Technology in the World of Wearables

People often talk about thinking “outside the box” but one of the things most exciting in modern technology is being able to design “off the glass” — meaning a piece of technology...

Features : Electronics & Computers
Ultraminiature MEMS Sensors for Improved Patient Outcomes

Ultraminiature sensors (<1 mm in size) enable instrumentation of medical devices in order to advance monitoring capabilities, deliver new insight into complex cardiovascular cases,...

Features : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
How Reliable Is Your Diagnosis — Really?

Imagine learning the news that you have cancer. Stage Four, metastasized to multiple areas, roughly six to eight months to live — if you’re lucky. Then, imagine finding out your diagnosis was...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Digital Manufacturing Helps Medtech Firm's Goal to Improve Patient Outcomes

As often happens in the medical industry, innovative ideas hatched in university research settings spawn innovative companies, which create innovative products. A...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Streamlining Additive Manufacturing for Spinal Implants

Acollaboration with innovative technology companies demonstrated the capability of metal additive manufacturing (AM) technology to produce lightweight spinal implants that mimic the...

Features : Materials
Advancing the Evolution of Skin-Contact Adhesion Technology

Whether used in wound care products, ostomy applications, or for adhering wearable devices to skin, advanced pressure-sensitive adhesives are being created to improve breathability,...

Features : Test & Measurement
Luer Connectors: Testing to the New International Standard

The Luer connector is arguably one of the most important developments in the biomedical industry. Because it is reliable, simple to use, and economical to produce, the Luer connector...

Features : Medical
The Best of Both Worlds: Hybrid Implant Imitates Bone Structure
NUST MISIS
Moscow, Russia

Scientists from the National University of Science and Technology – MISIS have developed a unique hybrid bone implant, the core of...

Features : FDA/Regulatory
Electrical Connectors: Design Considerations for Medical Devices

The myriad of devices used in surgical, interventional, imaging, diagnostic and therapeutic, sensors, and single-use medical applications use some form of transmission medium...

Features : Robotics, Automation & Control
The Ergonomics of Robotics: Part 2

In this two-part series on robotics and wearable devices, part 1 highlighted the wearable device product category. Part 2 moves the discussion from wearable devices to how robotic surgery is changing the...

Features : Medical
Ultrasoft Sensor Monitors Heart Cells with Minimal Disruption
University of Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan
www.u-tokyo.ac.jp

For the first time, engineers have demonstrated an electronic device that can closely monitor beating heart...

Features : Medical
Proactive Cybersecurity Saves Healthcare Organizations from Data Breaches

Over the past few years, healthcare organizations have increasingly become one of the leading targets for cyber criminals with data breaches exposing personal patient...

Features : Materials
Tubing and Hose Buying: Top 20 Tips

It can be challenging to make sure you've covered all the bases during the tubing and hose selection process for medical instrumentation. For each application, there are many elements to consider,...

Features : Tubing & Extrusion
High-Consistency Rubber Provides Versatility for Medical Device Manufacturing

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

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
DEMYSTIFYING TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER in Medical Device Contract Manufacturing

For medical device developers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), the transition from prototype to commercial-scale production with a contract manufacturing...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Integrating Vision and Force Measurement into Medical Quality Control

Vital for ensuring compliance to federal regulations, dimensional metrology systems facilitate critical measurement of medical parts, and force testing systems are used to...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Electrocutting and Mechanical Cutting for Endoscopic Applications

Even the simplest medical cable assembly projects contain numerous engineering considerations. And among the most complex applications, the quantity of requirements can...

Features : Design
Investigating Cardiac Device Performance with Computer Modeling and Simulation

Why do some people develop malfunction of their mitral valve (MV) after a heart attack? The answers are complex, and treatments are not yet perfected. But...

Features : Packaging & Sterilization
Medical Device Design: The Importance of Thoughtful Adhesive Selection

Selecting an adhesive when designing a wearable medical device is not a trivial exercise. Too often the adhesive selection process is executed with the mindset “tape is...

Features : Medical
The Ergonomics of Wearable Designs: Part 1

The wearable device product category is exploding in healthcare design. Wearing these sensory devices that continuously collect, measure and report the user's physiology, exercise behavior,...

Features : Test & Measurement
Got Your Game Plan? The OEM Playbook to Navigating Preclinical Device Testing Under MDR and ISO 10993-1

When the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) replaces the Medical Device Directive (MDD) in 2020, requirements for medical devices in Europe...

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