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May 2016 Month-End Industry News

Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Please click the link for more.

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UPS Launches On-Demand 3D Printing Manufacturing Network

UPS, Atlanta, GA, announced that it is launching a distributed, on-demand manufacturing network that links its global logistics network with 3D printers at The UPS Store® in more than 60 locations around the US and Fast Radius’ On Demand Production Platform™ and 3D printing...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Manufacturing Day Can Be Any Day

Manufacturing Day℠, which officially occurs on Oct. 7, is a celebration of modern manufacturing designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. Companies can plan their events on any date and register their event...

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Dissolvable Electronics Hold Promise for Brain Monitoring

Dissolvable silicon electronics offer an unprecedented opportunity to implant advanced monitoring systems, according to researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Implantable brain devices that literally melt away at a pre-determined rate, for...

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Researchers Blend Materials to 3D-Print Bone Replacements

By blending pulverized natural bone with man-made plastic, researchers at The Johns Hopkins University 3D-printed replacement skeletal structures of the head and face, including the lower jaw of a female patient. The team's composite material combines the strength and printability of...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Ingestible Origami Robot Unfolds from Capsule

Researchers at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Sheffield, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have demonstrated a tiny origami robot that unfolds itself from a swallowed capsule. Steered by external magnetic fields, the bot can crawl across the stomach wall to...

News : Materials
Developing Heat-Free Soldering Using Micro Drops of Liquid Metal

Martin Thuo, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Iowa State University, and his research group are using materials expertise to study soft matter, single-molecule electronics. One of the team’s latest innovations is finding a way to make micro-scale,...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printing Metals Suspended in Midair

A team of engineers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) say that a new form of 3D printing and laser annealing of conductive metallic inks without supports could lead to customized electronic and biomedical...

News : Medical
Edible Supercapacitors Could Replace Endoscopies

Engineers at Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, have created an edible supercapacitor that, they say, can wipe out E. coli or power a camera from inside the body. Using edible foodstuffs like activated charcoal, gold leaf, seaweed, egg white, cheese, gelatin, and barbecue sauce, which can...

News : Medical
'Kidney on a Chip' Supports Safer Drug Dosing

A "kidney on a chip" device from University of Michigan researchers mimics the flow of medication through human kidneys and measures its effect on kidney cells. The new technique supports more precise dosing of drugs, including some potentially toxic medicines often delivered in intensive care...

News : Medical
May 2016 Mid-Month Industry News

Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Please click the link for more.

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Detecting Blood Clots with In-Home Test

Millions of Americans at risk for blood clots, strokes, and hypertension must endure routine lab tests to monitor their blood-thinning medications, which can be frequent, costly, and painful. Now, researchers at the University of Cincinnati say that they are developing materials and technology for a simple...

News : Medical
FDA Drafts Guidance for 3D Printing of Medical Devices

The FDA has developed a draft guidance to provide the agency’s initial thinking on technical considerations specific to devices using additive manufacturing (AM) and recommendations for testing and characterization for devices that include at least one AM fabrication step.

News : Software
Five-Fingered Robot Gets a Grip
Five-Fingered Robot Gets a Grip

Intricate tasks that require dexterous in-hand manipulation — rolling, pivoting, bending, and sensing friction — are a challenge for today's robots. A University of Washington team of computer scientists...

Five-Fingered Robot Gets a Grip
News : Medical
Researchers Produce Quantum Dots, Naturally

Three researchers from Lehigh University have found a better, more natural way to produce quantum dots, the valuable semiconductor nanoparticles that support medical imaging applications. The method begins with engineered bacterial cells in a simple, aqueous solution and ends with functional...

News : Medical
Non-Invasive Device Monitors Diabetes

A non-invasive blood glucose monitor from Cardiff University's School of Engineering does not require the extraction of blood. The device, which attaches to the body via sticky adhesives, uses microwaves to measure glucose levels, sending the resulting data to a computer or mobile app.

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3D Printing a Perfectly Fitting Prosthetic Socket

A masters student in product development at the School of Engineering at Lund University, Sweden, Emelie Strömshed,has developed a step-by-step process to combine prosthetic arm socket computer-aided design (CAD) data with 3D scan data of a patient’s residual limbs to create perfectly fitting...

News : Medical
Report Details Possible Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats

Independent Security Evaluators, Baltimore, MD, has compiled a report available online that details its research in investigating a variety of hospital and healthcare-related infrastructures and systems, identifying industry-specific pitfalls and shortcomings, and creating a blueprint for...

News : Medical
Glucose to Power Pacemakers

Researchers at the Technological Institute of Energy, Valencia, Spain, are working to create a bio-battery that uses blood glucose to produce energy. Such a battery, they say, would cut down on the number of surgical interventions a pacemaker user must undergo.

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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...

News : Electronics & Computers
Approaching Dissolvable Electronics for Implants

Scientists at the College of Information Science and Electronic Engineering in China are working diligently to create tiny electronic sensors and devices that can be implanted in the body and then dissolve seemingly without a trace. They have tested several biodegradable materials, including DNA,...

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April 2016 Month-End Industry News

Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Please click the link for more.

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Liquid-Metal Particles Support Heat-Free Soldering

Iowa State engineers have developed micro-sized liquid-metal particles for heat-free soldering and metal processing applications.

News : Electronics & Computers
Creating the World’s Smallest Diode

Engineers are struggling to shrink the silicon used in processors to power increasingly smaller computing hardware and are rapidly reaching the point where silicon’s performance starts to degrade due to its size. To move beyond the material’s physical limitations, researchers at Ben-Gurion University of...

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Engineers Fabricate Flexible Silicon Transistor

University of Wisconsin—Madison engineers fabricated a transistor that operates at a record 38 gigahertz. The team built the high-performance device using huge rolls of flexible plastic.

News : Medical
Implantable Device Targets Pancreatic Tumors

Researchers from MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a small, implantable device that delivers chemotherapy drugs directly to pancreatic tumors. Using mice, the team determined that the implant approach was up to 12 times more effective than the common method of delivering...

News : Medical
Engineers Embroider Wearable Antennas

Researchers at The Ohio State University have embroidered circuits into fabric with 0.1 mm precision -- an ideal size for integrating sensors and electronic components into clothing. The achievement supports the development of new wearable technology, including a bandage that monitors tissue or a flexible...

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Fish-Inspired Lens Sees in the Dark

Combining the best features of a lobster and an African fish, University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers have created an artificial eye that sees in the dark. The technology could help brighten the dim surroundings presented from surgical scopes.

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Researchers Transmit Real-Time Video Through Animal Tissue

Using samples of store-bought meat, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated the possibility of real-time video-rate data transmission through tissue. The development supports in-body ultrasonic communications with implanted medical devices.

News : Materials
Controlling Bacterial Growth on Catheter Surface

A team of researchers from the University of New Mexico, Duke University, and the University of Florida say that they have uncovered a new technique to trap, kill, and release bacteria from a surface, such as bacterial growth on a urinary catheter. They explained that they used cationic polymers...

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