Features : Materials
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 : Sensors/Data Acquisition
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 : AR/AI
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 : Medical
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 : Medical
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.

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month: Miniature Proportional Valve VSO LowPro

Parker Hannifin Precision Fluidics Division, Hollis, NH, announces its newest miniature proportional valve VSO® LowPro for OEMs looking for innovation in portability, comfort, and manufacturability when controlling the flow rate of inert gases in medical equipment. At just 16mm...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Laser Welding System

Dukane, St. Charles, IL, introduces a new Laser Welding System that allows clear-to-clear plastic welding without laser absorbing additives. The system incorporates a 2-micron laser with a greatly increased absorption by clear polymers and enables a highly precise and controlled melting through the thickness of optically...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Series 320 Electronic Weld Head System

Amada Miyachi America, Monrovia, CA, announces the release of its Series 320 Electronic Weld Head System, designed specifically for applications requiring precise position and force control. Typical applications include welding squib wires, fine wire welding, and welding of wires to electrodes, as well as...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
PANELBuilder Software and PanelPrinter

AXYZ International, Burlington, Ontario, Canada, is launching a new version of its PANELBuilder software along with a new optional printing device called PanelPrinter, which combines an advanced, easy-to-use software solution with a custom machine design that enables users to design, nest, and program...

Products : Connectivity
FactoryLogix R3 Software

Aegis Software, Horsham, PA, announces that the third release of its FactoryLogix R3 software embraces the principles of Industry 4.0 and IoM including resource scheduling, configure to order, and a standardized machine communication technology. The latest version adds a native, factory-wide material logistics module...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Axiom 2 Dual Head Professional 3D Printer

Airwolf 3D, Costa, Mesa, CA, unveiled the AXIOM 2, a new dual extruder 3D printer featuring an easy feed filament load system, an enclosed print environment for heat containment, and an end-user replaceable cassette system for serviceability and upgradeability. Two independently controllable high...

Products : Medical
Custom Grinding Wheel Arbor

Briney Tooling Systems, Bad Axe, MI, recently developed a custom HSK50E balanceable grinding wheel arbor for a CNC grinding machine to shape bone fragments for surgical grafting. Briney has comprehensive in-house CNC turning and grinding capabilities, including in-plant heat treatment where the control of the...

Products : Medical
Agility™ Series Slotless Motors

Celera Motion, Bedford, MA, offers the Agility™ series of slotless motors, ideal for scanning, pointing, measuring, and cutting applications that require extremely smooth velocity control and highly accurate positioning. Engineered with ZeroCog™ slotless motor technology from Applimotion, the effects of...

Products : Medical
PartMaker 2016 for Production Machining

Delcam Ltd., Birmingham, UK, has released the latest version of its PartMaker software for programming CNC mills, lathes, wire EDMs, turn-mill centers, and Swiss-type lathes. PartMaker 2016 includes powerful 2½-axis milling strategies, support for the import of multiple solid models into a single CAM...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
CT-350 Vertical Machining Center

Absolute Machine Tools, Inc., Lorain, OH, introduces the new CT-350 five-axis Vertical Machining Center from Tongtai, which boasts high-end machine construction at an affordable price. The CT-350 is a “C” frame-type machine designed around high level mold-type machining centers to ensure rigidity during...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Mikron MILL P 800 U ST

GF Machining Solutions, Lincolnshire, IL, introduces the Mikron MILL P 800 U ST (Simultaneous Turning) to include milling and turning in a single machine. Highly efficient, the compact machine provides 31.5" of X-axis travel, an 800-rpm C-axis rotation speed, and a maximum table load of 1,763 lbs. The machine’s small...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
ROMER Absolute Arm PCMM

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, North Kingstown, RI, announces its new, top-of-the-line addition to the ROMER Absolute Arm portable coordinate measuring machine product line. The most accurate ROMER Absolute Arm to date, the 77 series is designed to provide absolute accuracy for high-end 3D measurement applications....

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Solutions for Spindle Centering and Work-Holding

Toolnet International Inc., Phoenix, AZ, introduces the Mowidec-TT non-contact spindle-centering system, which can precisely center tooling on Swiss-type automatic lathes without removing either the guide bush or the tools. With some small adaptations, the system can check the alignment of the...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Precision Ring Drive Indexer

Nexen Group, Vadnais Heights, MN, introduces the Precision Ring Drive Indexer, a highly flexible, durable, and efficient alternative to direct drive motors capable of 2x faster indexing than competitive options. The motion profile is easily changed by loading a new servo drive program into the system, and delivers...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3rd Generation 3D AOI Inspection Systems

Saki America, Inc., Fremont, CA, announces its 3rd generation 3D automated optical inspection (AOI) line that accommodates dual lanes, XXL sizes, and increases throughput by 15%. The new BF- 3Di-D (dual lane) and BF-3Di-Z (extra-large platform) 3D AOI equipment provides measurements of components with a...

Products : Medical
Quantum Waterjet Pumps

TECHNI Waterjet, LLC, Lenexa, KS, introduces a second line of electric servo pumps (ESPs), the Value Range of Quantum ESPs designed to address the requirements of today’s competitive manufacturing industry. With one of the smallest footprints in the waterjet industry, the Quantum VPs are just 54" × 21" × 42" and weigh...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Photo Etching Custom EMI Shielding Gaskets

Tech-Etch, Plymouth, MA, announces that it is a leader in custom etching, forming, heat treating, and finishing of beryllium copper EMI/RFI shielding products. Parts are formed, heat treated, and finished in tin, silver, zinc, sulfamate nickel, electroless nickel, palladium nickel, or gold. A complete...

Features : Medical
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.

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