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INSIDER : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Indirect 4D Printing: How to Make the World’s Smallest Stent
Indirect 4D Printing: How to Make the World’s Smallest Stent

Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a new method for producing malleable microstructures, including vascular stents that are 40 times smaller than previously possible.

Indirect 4D Printing: How to Make the World’s Smallest Stent
Features : IoMT
Capturing Unique Device Identifier Data on Non-Sterile Orthopedic Implants
Capturing Unique Device Identifier Data on Non-Sterile Orthopedic Implants

Now that medical devices are being labeled and uniquely identified to meet the requirements of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Unique Device Identifier...

Capturing Unique Device Identifier Data on Non-Sterile Orthopedic Implants
Features : Test & Measurement
Industrial CT is Hip: Quality of Life Enhanced with Additive Manufacturing
Industrial CT is Hip: Quality of Life Enhanced with Additive Manufacturing

Orthopedic devices play a crucial role in providing pain relief, improving mobility, and enhancing the quality of life for patients suffering from musculoskeletal...

Industrial CT is Hip: Quality of Life Enhanced with Additive Manufacturing
Briefs : AR/AI
Miniature Robot Could Check Colons for Early Signs of Disease
Miniature Robot Could Check Colons for Early Signs of Disease

Engineers have shown it is technically possible to guide a tiny robotic capsule inside the colon to take micro-ultrasound images. Known as a Sonopill, the device could one day...

Miniature Robot Could Check Colons for Early Signs of Disease
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Engineers 3D Print Flexible Mesh for Ankle and Knee Braces
Engineers 3D Print Flexible Mesh for Ankle and Knee Braces

Hearing aids, dental crowns, and limb prosthetics are some of the medical devices that can now be digitally designed and customized for individual patients, thanks to 3D printing....

Engineers 3D Print Flexible Mesh for Ankle and Knee Braces
Products : Materials
Flexible High-Energy Textile Lithium Battery Designed for Wearables
Flexible High-Energy Textile Lithium Battery Designed for Wearables

Researchers at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) have developed a highly flexible, high-energy textile lithium battery that offers more stable, durable, and safe...

Flexible High-Energy Textile Lithium Battery Designed for Wearables
R&D : Nanotechnology
Graphene Monolayer Improves Implantable Neurostim Devices
Graphene Monolayer Improves Implantable Neurostim Devices

One of the most commonly used elements in neurostimulation devices is platinum microelectrodes, but they are prone to corrosion, which can reduce the functional lifetime of the...

Graphene Monolayer Improves Implantable Neurostim Devices
Products : Materials
New Products & Services: August 2019 Medical Design Briefs
New Products & Services: August 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Medical Device Manufacturing Software

Master Control, Salt Lake City, UT, has released a software platform designed to automate production and improve operational quality....

New Products & Services: August 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Advanced Design Tools for Additively Manufactured Medical Devices
Advanced Design Tools for Additively Manufactured Medical Devices

While the regulatory and validation burden can be high, it's not surprising that the medical device industry is one of the earliest adopters of additive manufacturing (AM, aka...

Advanced Design Tools for Additively Manufactured Medical Devices
News : Robotics, Automation & Control
First Successful Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm Without Brain Implants
First Successful Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm Without Brain Implants

A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, has made a breakthrough in the field of noninvasive robotic device...

First Successful Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm Without Brain Implants
News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Smart Textiles Boost Connectivity Between Wearable Sensors by 1,000 Times
Smart Textiles Boost Connectivity Between Wearable Sensors by 1,000 Times

Over the past decade, a major trend in electronics has been the development of sensors, displays, and smart devices that are seamlessly integrated onto the human body....

Smart Textiles Boost Connectivity Between Wearable Sensors by 1,000 Times
News : Design
Inside Story: Allied Motion
Inside Story: Allied Motion

Many medical devices — from robotic surgery to autonomous delivery robots in hospitals, to dialysis equipment — use motion control products to operate. Allied Motion’s long and successful experience as a...

Inside Story: Allied Motion
Briefs : Medical
3D Printed Pipette Tip Lowers Cost of Common Medical Test
3D Printed Pipette Tip Lowers Cost of Common Medical Test

A desire for a simpler, cheaper way to do common laboratory tests for medical diagnoses and to avoid “washing the dishes” led University of Connecticut researchers to develop a...

3D Printed Pipette Tip Lowers Cost of Common Medical Test
Briefs : Medical
Researchers Create Soft, Flexible Materials with Enhanced Properties
Researchers Create Soft, Flexible Materials with Enhanced Properties

A team of polymer chemists and engineers from Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new methodology that can be used to create a class of stretchable polymer...

Researchers Create Soft, Flexible Materials with Enhanced Properties
Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product Focus: Molding
Product Focus: Molding

Hypodermic Needle Manufacturing

Moldworx, Gilbert, AZ, has automated the production of hypodermic needles using the overmolding process to reduce costs and improve productivity. The company has expertise in...

Product Focus: Molding
Products : Electronics & Computers
New Products & Services: July 2019 Medical Design Briefs
New Products & Services: July 2019 Medical Design Briefs

SPC Software

Zontec, Inc., Cincinnati, OH, has released new statistical process control (SPC) software designed to improve manufacturing quality. The Synergy 1000™ and...

New Products & Services: July 2019 Medical Design Briefs
News : Medical
Porex Expands Capabilities with New Facility Centrally Located in Ningbo, China
Porex Expands Capabilities with New Facility Centrally Located in Ningbo, China

To optimize production and offer greater manufacturing capabilities for its global customers, Porex has relocated to a newly renovated facility in the industrial...

Porex Expands Capabilities with New Facility Centrally Located in Ningbo, China
News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Methods Machine Tools Opens Precision Center
Methods Machine Tools Opens Precision Center

Methods Machine Tools, Inc., Sudbury, MA, has opened a new Precision Center in Acton, MA. According to the company, the facility was built “for customers who need the ultimate in tight tolerance...

Methods Machine Tools Opens Precision Center
News : Medical
Phillips-Medisize Wins Best Connected Health Platform
Phillips-Medisize Wins Best Connected Health Platform

MedTech Breakthrough, an independent organization that recognizes the top companies and solutions in the global health and medical technology market, has selected the Phillips-Medisize...

Phillips-Medisize Wins Best Connected Health Platform
News : Medical
Kaysun Receives MedAccred Accreditation
Kaysun Receives MedAccred Accreditation

Kaysun Corporation, Manitowoc, WI, has received its MedAccred Plastics accreditation. Kaysun is one of only a few injection molders in the United States that holds this certification. MedAccred, an...

Kaysun Receives MedAccred Accreditation
INSIDER : Medical
Octopus-Inspired Wearable Sensor
Octopus-Inspired Wearable Sensor

Wearable electronics that adhere to skin are an emerging trend in health sensor technology for their ability to monitor a variety of human activities, from heart rate to step count. But finding the best way...

Octopus-Inspired Wearable Sensor
Features : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Materials Matter for Connected Health
Materials Matter for Connected Health

Technology has always played a central role in healthcare. From microscopes to medical imaging, and from pacemakers to prosthetics, technological breakthroughs throughout history have improved diagnosis,...

Materials Matter for Connected Health
Features : Defense
The ‘Relativity’ of High Q Capacitors
The ‘Relativity’ of High Q Capacitors

For many high-power RF applications, the “Q factor” of embedded capacitors is one of the most important characteristics in the design of circuits. This includes products such as cellular/telecom...

The ‘Relativity’ of High Q Capacitors
Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Reimagining Innovation: Additive Manufacturing
Reimagining Innovation: Additive Manufacturing

In the injectable drug-delivery industry, expectations for improved patient experiences with administration and at-home delivery of therapeutic regimens are evolving. Products that combine the...

Reimagining Innovation: Additive Manufacturing
Briefs : Medical
Scientists 3D Print All-Liquid ‘Lab on a Chip’
Scientists 3D Print All-Liquid ‘Lab on a Chip’

Researchers at DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have 3D printed an all-liquid device that, with the click of a button, can be repeatedly reconfigured on demand to...

Scientists 3D Print All-Liquid ‘Lab on a Chip’
Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Regenerative Medicine: 3D Printing Biological Tissue
Regenerative Medicine: 3D Printing Biological Tissue
Fraunhofer Institute
Munich, Germany

The future of medicine is biological — and scientists hope we will soon be using 3D printed biologically functional tissue to replace...

Regenerative Medicine: 3D Printing Biological Tissue
Features : Electronics & Computers
Strategies for Low-Risk Sourcing of Components in a Constrained Market
Strategies for Low-Risk Sourcing of Components in a Constrained Market

The medical device industry often looks to independent distributors to address chronic shortages in the availability of electronic components. Direct sourcing of...

Strategies for Low-Risk Sourcing of Components in a Constrained Market
Products : Electronics & Computers
New Products & Services: June 2019 Medical Design Briefs
New Products & Services: June 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Optical Distance Sensor

A highly accurate optical distance sensor is available from Werth Messtechnik, Giessen, Germany. The Werth Chromatic Focus Point sensor can measure...

New Products & Services: June 2019 Medical Design Briefs
R&D : Materials
Soft Tissue Substitute Offers Fewer Side Effects
Soft Tissue Substitute Offers Fewer Side Effects

Researchers have invented a synthetic soft tissue substitute that is well tolerated and encourages the growth of soft tissue and blood vessels. This new material retains its shape without...

Soft Tissue Substitute Offers Fewer Side Effects