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Industrial Design & Human Factors

Here you'll find expert advice for industrial design engineers, including tips and strategies related to mass production, automation, and product features.

R&D: Design

Researchers have developed a hand prosthesis powered and controlled by the user’s breathing. The simple, lightweight device offers an alternative to Bowden cable-driven body-powered...

Features: Design

Even before the pandemic disrupted patients’ in-person interactions with their healthcare providers, visionary designers had made significant...

Technology Leaders: Materials
The need for innovations like multi-filar cables and multi-channel transmission cables has become more important than ever.
Features: Design
Senior scientist Paula McDaniel tells MDB how to find and prevent material failures.
Blog: Medical

Growing older can bring both joy and hardship into our lives. Tasks that were once easy may become difficult as we age. However, with state-of-the-art technologies, the golden...

Features: Design
Cleaning is a critical aspect of medical device design that is often overlooked during initial planning.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Light-based methods open many opportunities for medical applications.
INSIDER: Medical

New research has demonstrated the feasibility of mass producing customized respiratory protection for healthcare workers with a comfortable close-fitting seal that is...

Features: Design
Developing IFUs for reusable devices presents a unique challenge that requires focused attention to ensure patient safety: the reprocessing method.
INSIDER: Design

A specific wavelength of ultraviolet (UV) light is not only extremely effective at killing the virus which causes COVID-19, but is also safer for use in public spaces, finds new research.

Applications: Packaging & Sterilization
The products that help stop the spread of communicable diseases range from simple to sophisticated.
Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics
Single-use surgical instruments designed to be disposed or recycled following use offer many benefits over reusable products.
Special Reports: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Medical Robotics - September 2021

Self-propelled nanobots that deliver drugs inside the human body...novel sensors that improve the safety and precision of industrial robots...a dynamic hydrogel material that makes building soft robotic...

Briefs: Medical
Deadlines are approaching for compliance.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Reference design kits, smart textiles, thermoplastic elastomers, and more.
Features: Design
Many new companies entering the market are planning a diagnostic roadmap of capabilities beyond their entry point of COVID-19 testing.
Features: Design
The "Evolving To MedDev" 2021 digital event will provide automotive and aerospace companies with practical information about how they can enter into the medical device supply chain.
Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping
An appropriate aesthetic can be much more than consequential cosmetics; it can improve ease-of-use and safety.
Technology Leaders: Tubing & Extrusion
Learn the basics of heat shrink tubing and its use in medical device manufacturing.
Blog: Medical

An ear, nose, and throat doctor has invented a simple mask design that significantly improves safety during aerosol-generating procedures of the head and neck. The novel coronavirus...

Briefs: Design
Infusion pump manufacturers must address challenges to support paramedics.
Blog: Design

In early Spring of 2020, the phone calls and emails started streaming in to the mechanical engineering department of the University of Wisconsin – Madison: “We...

Technology Leaders: Design
The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty and delays in procedures, and the orthopedics industry must keep innovating.
Features: Imaging
Medical device developers are providing more options through intuitive user interfaces (UIs).
Technology Leaders: Design
Learn why stainless steel fixtures and equipment are the best choice for high-traffic and high use installations.
Technology Leaders: Materials
For wearable devices to function as intended, they need to have a secure, reliable hold for the desired duration of use.
Features: Design
Here are five medical device specific strategies UEGroup recommends to make stronger products with stronger FDA submissions.
News: Design

Danish hearing aid maker Widex has developed a hearing aid that combines the latest in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning with two ultra-fast signal pathways to...

Briefs: Medical

“Seventy-five percent of all fatal motorcycle accidents globally involve brain injury, with rotational forces acting on the brain being the primary cause of death,” According to NHTSA....

Ask the Expert

Ralph Bright on the Power of Power Cords

Understanding power system components and how to connect them correctly is critical to meeting regulatory requirements and designing successful electrical products for worldwide markets. Interpower’s Ralph Bright defines these requirements and explains how to know which cord to select for your application.

Inside Story

Rapid Precision Prototyping Program Speeds Medtech Product Development

Rapid prototyping technologies play an important role in supporting new product development (NPD) by companies that are working to bring novel and innovative products to market. But in advanced industries where products often make use of multiple technologies, and where meeting a part’s exacting tolerances is essential, speed without precision is rarely enough. In such advanced manufacturing—including the medical device and surgical robotics industries — the ability to produce high-precision prototypes early in the development cycle can be critical for meeting design expectations and bringing finished products to market efficiently.

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Applications: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Why Cleanroom Assembly of Plastic Medical and Electronic Devices Requires...

Features: Regulations/Standards

Establishing Proper Validation of Extruded Silicone Tubing

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