Products : Medical
J750 3D Printer

Stratasys Ltd., Minneapolis, MN, introduces an industry first with its new 3D printer, the J750. This solution enables customers for the first time to mix and match full color gradients alongside an unprecedented range of materials to achieve one-stop realism without post-processing. This, together with the system’s...

Features : Medical
Optimizing Electronics for Medical Applications

Two years ago, in Medical Design Briefs, Derek Hunt offered some insight into the benefits of complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology in the miniaturization of medical devices. CMOS has been around for decades and aside from the size benefits which will be discussed shortly, the...

Features : Medical
Removing Blinders: A Key to Medical Device Innovation

Imagine yourself as an engineering manager at a decent-sized medical device company. You have a team of engineers working with you who know their jobs pretty well. They’re a good mix of young, energetic people still early in their careers and a couple of more experienced, “old-school”...

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Are You Getting All You Deserve?

The news cycle is never ending. Now is a time of instant gratification—and with Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, along with the buzz of many national, global, and local news sites, news seekers are bombarded with information. Do you need more news stories (and cat videos), or do you need access...

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Taking A Closer Look At Optical Grade Silicone

An already emerging technology in the consumer marketplace, manufacturing with optical grade silicone is starting to awaken the medical device industry to new possibilities. Still in its infancy within the healthcare market, the benefits of optically clear silicones offer some intriguing...

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Utilizing Part Consolidation and Conversion To Cut Medical Manufacturing Costs

Controlling costs continues to be a dominant issue in the US healthcare market, and companies are continually finding themselves in the position of being introspective of their organizations’ roles within this call to action. This is particularly felt among medical...

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Metamaterials Can Enhance Sensitivity of MRI Machines

National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics ITMO University, St. Petersburg, Russia

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A collaboration of researchers from Russia, Australia, and the Netherlands have developed a technology that can reduce magnetic resonance...

Products : Medical
Hexapod for Positioning Accuracy

Aerotech, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, introduces the HEX500-350HL high-load, precision hexapod, which offers a significant advance in six-degree-of-freedom positioning performance. With its high-load capacity, large travels, high speeds, and sub-micrometer precision, the HEX500-350HL is the only hexapod on the market...

Features : Medical
Selecting a Medical Device Fluoropolymer Coating Applicator

Attaining exceptional product design and performance is necessary to thrive in today’s competitive business environment. There are many variables to consider regarding application requirements and selecting the appropriate solutions for medical device design and coating. There are...

Features : Medical
Manufacturing Polymer Optical Components: The Good, the Bad…and the Learning Curve

There are some key, fundamental considerations when manufacturing optical components: designing molded optical parts, designing and building the molds to produce them, injection molding, and handling components that manage light. Some are obvious, others less...

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Peeking in on Surgery

Virtual reality (VR) is back in the news again with the recent releases of the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, which both offer a realistic VR experience powered by a gaming computer. By wearing a somewhat bulky headset, users are able to immerse themselves into a world that allows them to interact with virtual objects with...

Features : IoMT
Electronics Integration into Disposable/Single-Use Medical Devices

The medical device market has been rapidly changing over the last decade and a key area of change is addressing today’s fast paced data-driven environment. Multiple sources state the digital health market to currently be a greater than $5 billion industry, with growth...

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Optical Fibers Bring New Medical Applications to Light

Many of today’s medical applications use high-quality silica optical fiber. Because a broad range of optical fibers is available to serve this market, users must carefully choose the right fiber to avoid delays in product design and time to market, along with increased development...

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Accreditation Matters

The value of an industry-recognized accreditation has been long acknowledged, but difficult to quantify in tangible terms. In 2010/2011, the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), the global association of accreditation bodies, surveyed businesses around the world to get an understanding of the drivers for seeking...

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Using Thermal Analysis to Develop a Better Vaccine Carrier System

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than one million infants and young children die every year from vaccine-preventable diseases such as pneumococcal disease and rotavirus diarrhoea. Polio is an example of an effective vaccination program. Indeed, the number of...

Features : Medical
Closed Fluid Delivery Systems: Unmet Needs in the Hospital and Home Care Environment

The home healthcare market is growing rapidly and is forecasted to continue to grow at a CAGR of eight to nine percent over the next five years. There are several factors driving this growth including an aging population, increases in chronic diseases,...

Features : Medical
Robotic Glove Can Help Restore Hand Movements

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Patients who have lost their function in their hand due to injury or a nerve-related condition, such as stroke or muscular dystrophy, now have a chance of being able to restore hand movements through the use of a new lightweight and smart robotic rehabilitation device...

Products : Medical
BX53M System Microscope & Software

Olympus Corporation, Center Valley, PA, introduces its new modular-construction BX53M System Microscope, with easy-to-adjust aperture settings and a new LED illuminator, which makes it easy for users to quickly and accurately undertake a variety of analytical tasks. When combined with new OLYMPUS Stream 2.1...

Products : Medical
Medical-Grade AC/DC Desktop Power Supply

Protek Power North America, Hudson, MA, launches the new PMP92 Series of AC-DC desktop medical power supplies with 90 watts of continuous output power. The units are enclosed in a 5.51" x 2.79" x 0.87" 94V-0 rated polycarbonate case with an IEC 320/C6 or IEC320/C8 inlet that mates with an interchangeable...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
SMT Spring-Loaded Connectors

Mill-Max Manufacturing Corp., Oyster Bay, NY, introduces new .050" pitch spring-loaded right angle and horizontal SMT connectors to its standard product lineup. These connectors are ideal for mating boards in a perpendicular orientation or for parallel, daisy chaining applications. Their fine pitch and low profile...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Custom Alloys in Small Quantities

Goodfellow, Coraopolis, PA, now offers a custom alloy service to researchers and design engineers seeking performance characteristics not available from standard alloys. Custom alloys have been produced with gold, silver, palladium, platinum, copper and/or nickel as major constituents, with other elements...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Precision Metal Shims

SPIROL International Corporation, Danielson, CT, recently released its new Precision Metal Shims catalog. SPIROL specializes in quick turnaround delivery of precision engineered shims ranging from simple OD/ID shapes to complex geometries, particularly in low to medium volumes. All shims are custom-made to customer...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
MD Series Portable Power Source

Triad Magnetics, Perris, CA, introduces the MD Series of rugged, portable medical-grade power sources. The units, complete with power cord and receptacles, provide a simple and reliable means for safely isolating medical devices , diagnostic instruments, patient monitoring equipment, and electrical stimulus...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Improved Cable Creator

Pasternack, Irvine, CA, released an improved version of its online tool called The Cable Creator, which allows engineers to quickly and easily create customized RF cable assemblies to meet their specifications. Designers can choose from more than 1,300 connector types and 115 different coaxial cables to construct a cable...

Products : Medical
Small Size Actuator Family

BEI Kimco, Vista, CA, announces its new family of linear unhoused medical-grade Voice Coil Actuators (VCAs) with aperture sizes of 15mm, 20mm, and 24.9mm. Available in three standard models, the throughhole design allows an OEM assembly to pass directly through the middle of the actuator, resulting in reduced weight,...

Features : Design
New Innovations Supporting Product Development of Next-Generation Structural Heart Devices

Interventional cardiology is one of the most dynamic medical device markets, witnessing a surge in new product development with accompanying mergers, investments, and acquisitions. Dozens of companies, both new and established, are developing...

News : FDA/Regulatory
Changes at FDA and New Publication Launch

By the time you read this, Robert M. Califf, MD, a recognized global leader in cardiology, clinical research, and medical economics, will have been installed as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s new Commissioner of Food and Drugs. As the top official of the FDA, he is committed to strengthening...

Features : Test & Measurement
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...

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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,...

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