Features : Medical
Laser-Induced Graphene Enables Intelligent Artificial Throat

Researchers at Tsinghua University have developed an intelligent artificial throat based on laser-induced graphene. The intelligent device both detects and generates sound in a single unit. The biocompatible artificial throat, which attaches to the larynx, is designed to produce...

Features : Photonics/Optics
Nanotechnology Developments Drive the Future of BIOPHOTONICS

The global biophotonics market is estimated to reach $91.31 billion by 2024, according to a report by Grand View Research, San Francisco, CA. The developments in optical technologies, increasing investigations by researchers, and mounting demand for early diagnosis are anticipated to...

Features : Medical
Top 10 Tips for Developing Implantable Medical Textiles

Medical device engineers are increasingly gravitating toward biomedical textiles to aid in implant performance, including cardiovascular applications such as structural heart implants or stent grafts. These textiles, which can be used to enable a broad range of functions such as occlusion,...

Products : Medical
New Products and Services: May 2017 Medical Design Briefs

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: Titanium Components

Tech-Etch Plymouth, MA, supplies thin component parts made from titanium for use in medical devices. Titanium is a versatile material because of its low weight, high strength, and corrosion resistance. Because it is inert and completely...

Features : Medical
Advanced Tactile Sensors Drive the Next Generation of Blood Pressure Devices

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is the number one risk factor for premature death worldwide, affecting 70 million American adults (one out of three). Day-to-day blood pressure measurement is the best way to monitor and mitigate the risks of hypertension.

Features : Medical
Draw-Tower Gratings in Multicore Fiber: A Paradigm Shift in Curvature Sensing

Fiber-optic curvature sensing has great potential for a number of medical and industrial applications because alternative solutions are practically nonexistent, at least for similar small sizes. FBGS has shown the feasibility of performing curvature sensing using a...

Features : Medical
Lasers: The Perfect Tool for Industry 4.0

With the advent of Industry 4.0, digital manufacturing promises speed, directness, and flexibility — so it needs a tool that meets those demands. Fortunately, the right technology has been evolving and is poised to step into that role. Laser systems have long played an integral part in the evolution of...

Features : Medical
Plastic Welding Technologies for Medical Device Design and Assembly

The structures of most medical devices are far too complex to mold as a single piece. Therefore, it is necessary to assemble their components into a finished product. While this may be done with mechanical fasteners or adhesives, plastic welding may offer significant advantages....

Features : Software
Open Core Engineering: New Freedom for Machine Automation Programming

The increasing sophistication and complexity of medical devices is compounded by strict regulatory requirements that demand systems that can produce consistent, repeatable results. Automation has been key to achieving these goals while maximizing output and minimizing...

Features : Test & Measurement
Additive Manufacturing Revolutionizes Medical Device Production

For years, the medical device industry has been leading the adoption of additive manufacturing. With the evolution of high-precision printers that span a large offering of performance resins, thermoplastics, and metals, the small size and high customization requirements of today's...

Features : Medical
Plasma-Applied Silicone Coatings for the Next Generation of Medical Devices

For many medical device manufacturers, the application of proprietary coatings and surface treatments can play a critical role in differentiating their products as they develop new devices and reimagine the next generation of their existing products. For products such as...

Features : Materials
Adhesives with Additives: Dressings Designed to Deliver Added Value
Adhesives with Additives: Dressings Designed to Deliver Added Value

Multipurpose functionality has become an expectation in the modern lifestyle. A washing machine is no longer just a washing machine but rather a computerized appliance that...

Adhesives with Additives: Dressings Designed to Deliver Added Value
Products : Medical
New Products: April 2017 Medical Design Briefs

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH — Introducer Sheath

Freudenberg Medical, Jeffersonville, IN, has launched a new introducer sheath for medical device companies looking to accelerate time to market with a unique white label device. The FlexSeal® introducer sheath is designed for companies looking to...

Products : Medical
New Products & Services: April 2017 Medical Manufacturing & Fabrication

Pulsed Fiber Laser Welding System

Amada Miyachi America, Monrovia, CA, has added a new pulsed fiber laser welding system to its LMF series of lasers. The 70-W LMF70-HP is ideal for welding small components and thin metals up to 0.01-in. (0.25 mm) thick. It is...

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New Customized Medical Extrusions from Zeus

Tie Layer — Improved Catheter Construction

Zeus' new Tie Layer improves liner-to-jacket bond strength for a stronger and more consistently performing catheter. With bond strength...

Features : Tubing & Extrusion
Maintaining Quality and Efficiency of Extrusion Tooling

Today's machining tolerances are held extremely close on multilumen and multi-layer medical tubing through the use of state-of-the-art production equipment and processes. Any misalignment of the tools may be exaggerated in the final product output.

Features : Medical
Computational Fluid Dynamics in Extrusion Tooling
Computational Fluid Dynamics in Extrusion Tooling

Applying fluid dynamic principles to extrusion tooling design benefits any medical device company involved with continuous extrusion. Benefits include improved product tolerances, reduced...

Computational Fluid Dynamics in Extrusion Tooling
Features : Design
Fixating on Innovation: A Revolution in Spinal Fusion Surgery

When a person suffers from degenerative disc disease, spine trauma, or cancer of the spine, the result is decreased stability that can produce pain — often severe — during normal activities. Surgeons will first attempt conservative measures such as cortisone injections and...

Features : Medical
Connector Technology: Miniaturization in Medical Devices

Connectors are getting smaller and denser. The question is, how small can connectors go? To answer this question, it is important to remember that the applications that use connectors demand a number of performance and reliability requirements, particularly in medical devices.

Features : Robotics, Automation & Control
Improving Outcomes: 3D Printed Models for Simulating Surgery

The Department of Neurological Surgery at St. Louis University has partnered with the university's School of Engineering to begin quantifying how advanced manufacturing practices such as 3D printing can enhance the training as well as the surgical practice for neurosurgeons. The...

Features : Medical
Device Combines Ultrasound and Photoacoustics to Improve Imaging

In collaboration with various companies, scientists at the University of Twente's MIRA biomedical research institute have recently developed a prototype for a handheld device that combines ultrasound technology with photoacoustics.

Features : Software
MES as a Single Source of Truth: Achieving Regulatory Compliance at Sparton

A couple of years ago, contract manufacturer Sparton Corporation faced increasing demand for high-quality, highly complex products that were delivered as quickly as possible. The multisite contract manufacturer serves highly regulated end markets, including the medical...

Products : Medical
New Products: March 2017 Medical Design Briefs

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH — High-Strength Alloy

Foster, Putnam, CT, has introduced compounds for medical device components that require high strength, yet cannot use metals or traditional reinforced plastics. The Nanomed MAX® compounds, based on an alloy of meta-xylene diamine polyamide (MX...

Features : Medical
Medical Device Tax: Goodbye and Good Riddance

When the controversial medical device excise tax was introduced more than seven years ago as part of the Affordable Care Act, industry criticized it as a “jobs killer” and predicted that such a tax would essentially wipe out investment in R&D.

Features : Medical
High-Quantum Efficiency Photocathodes for Medical Diagnostics

Detection of a single photon is a requirement for many research and medical applications, such as fluorescence imaging, single molecule imaging, and luminescence applications. The sensitivity required for single photon detection has traditionally been provided by a photon...

Features : Medical
Ultrafast Lasers for Medical Manufacturing

Ultrafast or ultrashort pulse lasers offer unique material processing possibilities, because the laser’s pulse duration is less than the target material’s conduction time. Essentially this means that cold machining of parts is possible — with material being removed by sublimation. This...

Features : IoMT
Quality Assurance: Risk Mitigation for Lithium-Ion Battery Packs

Safety and reliability are the key concerns when determining the right power source for a medical device. Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are often considered for their higher energy density, lighter weight, longer cycle life, superior capacity retention, and ability to withstand a...

Features : Medical
Medical Plastics: Meeting Today’s Changing Requirements

Today’s medical device designers and OEMs are challenged to meet a wide, and sometimes conflicting, range of requirements. These targets stem not only from regulatory restrictions, but are equally likely to arise based on market perceptions, pressures to contain costs, and the changing...

Features : Medical
Advanced Sealing Technology Enables the Next Generation of Insulin Delivery Devices

Diabetes is not only one of the most common chronic diseases, it is also complex and difficult to treat. Insulin is often administered between meals to keep blood sugar within target range and at mealtimes based on the number of carbohydrates to be ingested. A...

Features : Medical
Project Management: Four Trends to Follow in 2017

We are living through an era of profound change. Technology is affecting this change in ways unthinkable only a decade ago and none more so than in the medical device industry. A tour of life sciences conferences over the past year revealed a number of technological advances that are now driving...

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