Features : Medical
Chemical Characterization Can Supplement and Support Biocompatibility Testing

Manufacturers producing medical devices that involve patient contact are typically required to perform biological safety evaluations, including biocompatibility tests to ensure patient safety, as specified by ISO 10993. Chemical characterization can help support the...

Features : Medical
How User Research Influences Medical Device Design Aesthetics

Whether creating a wearable device for in-home use, or an advanced surgical tool for the operating room, good design starts with user insights. Through user insights, design firms learn how users become aware of the need for such a device, what features or functionality draw people to...

Features : Markets
Materials for a Modern World: How Trends in Population Growth Are Driving Advances in Drug-Delivery Materials Science

According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs—Population Division, the world’s population is projected to skyrocket from approximately 7 billion in 2012, to nearly 10 billion by 2050. In addition,...

Features : Materials
Setting a Course for Environmental Sustainability

Environmental sustainability is a growing concern among consumers and businesses. Like other industries, the healthcare sector is engaged in major sustainability initiatives. Medical device engineers and managers will be responsible for developing new products to meet greener expectations and...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Advanced Laser Welding Technology Meets the Challenges of Medical Device Manufacturing

The medical industry continues to develop new devices that are smaller in size and more sophisticated in functionality. From in vitro diagnostics and treatment of chronic disease to completely taking over bodily functions, today’s medical devices are...

Features : Medical
How Augmented Reality Technology and Lessons Learned from Automotive Manufacturing Can Improve Medical Manufacturing

At a time when the healthcare industry is undergoing profound foundational shifts and the regulatory and legislative environment continues to evolve in new directions, the stakes for the medical device manufacturing industry have...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
New Technology Advancements in Plastic Welding Equipment to Support Medical Device Manufacturers

In recent decades, plastics have made healthcare simpler, less difficult, and make new techniques and prostheses possible. Therefore, it is more important than ever for medical device and component manufacturers to understand some of the latest...

Features : Medical
CAM Programming vs. Manual Programming in Medical Machining

The manufacture of medical devices involves some of the most sophisticated machining processes found in industry today. From a machining perspective, the machine tools that make up the “back bone” of medical device machining are 5-axis Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Mills, Wire...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Milling Tooling Developments Increase Quality and Productivity in the Machining of Orthopedic Replacement Components

The manufacturing of medical components must meet standards of accuracy, reliability, quality, and traceability that equal and sometimes exceed those required for aerospace and nuclear parts. In addition, global competition and...

Features : Medical
Improving the Design of Medical Device Components with Rolled Threads

Fasteners and threaded parts are among the many small, precision-machined components found in medical devices. Because threaded parts can play a critical role in the operation and assembly of the device, they must be designed for high strength and dependability.

Features : FDA/Regulatory
9 Tips for Addressing the Documentation Burden of the FDA’s Design Control Regulation

Some of the biggest stumbling blocks encountered by medical device firms on the way to clearance or approval of their devices by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are related to design control.

Features : Medical
2015 Products of the Year Named and Your Turn to Create the Future

In December, we asked Medical Design Briefs readers to select one product from our 12 Products of the Month that they thought was the most significant new introduction to the design engineering community in 2015. Thanks to all of our readers who voted. This year, our two winners...

Features : Medical
Can Nitrogen Mitigate Failures in Medical Device Manufacturing?

Manufacturers of medical devices must seek every way possible to eliminate failures of those devices. Many major failures result from a weakness in the solder joint that connects the wire bond to the printed circuit board (PCB) or the solder connecting the device or package to the...

Features : Medical
Using Simulation Technology to Solve Bedsore Mystery

Each year, an estimated one million people suffer from painful bedsores in US hospitals across the country. These wounds are the result of long-term confinement to a bed or wheelchair, and often become seriously infected or develop gangrene.

Features : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Self-Healing Sensor for ‘Electronic Skin’

Flexible sensors have been developed for use in consumer electronics, robotics, health care, and spaceflight. One problem with these current flexible sensors is that they can be easily scratched and damaged, potentially destroying their functionality.

Features : Tubing & Extrusion
Intelligent Tubing for Bioresorbable Scaffolds

Bioresorbable stent scaffolds are balloon-expandable and have been used to replace metallic stents to treat the narrowing of arteries and airway passages. Like traditional metallic scaffolds, bioresorbable scaffolds provide artery and/or airway support and act as a delivery system for the controlled...

Features : Medical
Plasticizer-Induced Stress Cracking of Rigid PVC and Polycarbonate

Flexible polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is the most common material used to manufacture clear flexible tubing for medical applications. Flexible PVC medical tubing contains plasticizer, the component added to PVC to impart flexibility to the inherently rigid PVC polymer. If this...

Features : Medical
Precision Manufacturing of Medical Devices Using Ultra-Short Pulse Lasers

The rapid pace of innovation in the medical device industry puts ever increasing pressure on manufacturers to achieve greater geometrical precision, increase device lifetime and reliability, and simultaneously reduce the cost of making diverse portfolios of products. A key...

Features : Design
California's Medtech Pipeline: World Class Resources, Entrepreneurial Spirit, and a Great Climate for Innovation

While the headquarters of the world’s largest medical device and diagnostics corporations have historically been located, well, elsewhere, California has long occupied a role of central importance for the advancement of medical...

Features : Medical

According to the late, great David Bowie, “the stars look very different today”. After two years of collecting the 2.3% Medical Device Excise Tax, the tax has now been suspended for all of 2016 and 2017 when President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016. The tax was expected to raise almost $30 billion...

Features : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Thin Film Force Sensors: Changing the Medical Device Design Game
Thin Film Force Sensors: Changing the Medical Device Design Game

Data drives results. Today, medical devices give feedback and insight like never before. Advances in engineering medical devices has led to smarter devices, improved...

Thin Film Force Sensors: Changing the Medical Device Design Game
Features : Medical
9 Tough Questions to Ask About Your Dispense Valves

Dispensing plays an important role in medical device manufacturing. There are many stringent requirements for accuracy, reliability, repeatability, dispensing speed, and throughput. In addition, the dispensing processes require a wide variety of fluids with a broad range of viscosities. With...

Features : FDA/Regulatory
Selecting Power Supplies for Medical Equipment Designs

When it comes to medical equipment, nothing is more important than the safety of patients and health care personnel. From diagnostic tools such as ultrasound devices to home health equipment like dialysis machines, human safety is top priority. To ensure that devices and equipment are not...

Features : Medical
Liquid Crystal Artificial Eye Lens

A postgraduate research student, Devesh Mistry, in the University of Leeds School of Physics and Astronomy, UK, is working with liquid crystal to create a truly adjustable artificial eye lens, made from the same material found in smartphone and TV screens. The new lens, he said, could...

Features : Medical
Controlling Backlash in Mammography Systems

Medical imaging equipment, water handling systems, conveyors, robotic systems, and rotary and linear actuators are among the many devices that may be fitted with electric friction brakes to hold their loads in place when the power is off or disrupted.

Features : Medical
What Should the Next Generation Study?

For students entering college and for those already enrolled, contradictory messages abound in what type of future they will face upon graduation. Politicians talk about college costs and the crippling debt and lack of jobs that some students face versus the need for college at all. American businesses...

Features : Medical
Designing for Regulatory Approval: What is Important to Regulators in the Approval Process?

Giving attention to regulatory considerations at the earliest stages of product design and development can create a smoother and more successful pathway to approval. It’s also very important to understand how regulators “think” and what they...

Features : Wearables
The Growing Trends in Crowdfunding—Movies, Games ... Medical Devices?
The Growing Trends in Crowdfunding—Movies, Games ... Medical Devices?

Crowdfunding has without a doubt been a positive disruptor across a wide array of industries: from entertainment and retail, to technology, to non-profits. It is a...

The Growing Trends in Crowdfunding—Movies, Games ... Medical Devices?
Features : Medical
Critical Steps for Developing a Successful Medical Device Interconnect Cable

It seems the biggest ideas get the most attention, and nothing could be more true than when launching a new medical technology, and/or devices. The development time and cost is daunting; the testing and trials can be unnerving; and the financials can keep everyone on...

Features : Medical
How to Spec Custom Cables for Medical Devices

As the advancement of medical technology continues, it is important to note that progress could not have been made without advancements in signaling, control, and power system interconnect components; including wires and cables. Historically, such components were often overlooked until late in the...

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