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Advances in materials and manufacturing are leading to better implants, prosthetics, and devices. Browse innovative developments in materials and manufacturing that significantly impact medical device design and production.

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Dan Sanchez on How to Improve Extruded Components

Improving extruded components requires careful attention to a number of factors, including dimensional tolerance, material selection, and processing. Trelleborg’s Dan Sanchez provides detailed insights into each of these considerations to help you advance your device innovations while reducing costs and speeding time to market.

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INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Researchers and design software specialists have used a technique called generative design to produce a knee implant that can be used to treat osteoarthritis. Generative...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Passivation, Pickling or Electropolishing: Which Metal Finishing Process Is Right for Your Parts?

In our latest whitepaper, we explore the differences and benefits of three common metal finishing techniques. From microcracks and microburrs...

Features: Medical
Stryker is one of the world’s leading medtech companies.
Webinars: Medical

As medical device original equipment manufacturers look to bring innovative devices to market, the balance of cost, quality and speed is...

Features: Materials
Disinfectant formulations tend to be comprised of an active ingredient, a solvent or aqueous carrier solution, and additional constituents that enhance the formulation’s properties.
Features: Medical
From improved patient outcomes to point-of-care manufacturing, 3D printing offers a host of benefits that promise to transform the orthopedic implant industry once fully implemented.
Briefs: Materials
By embedding enzymes inside the polymer string, the enzymes were operational even in a dry state.
R&D: Medical

A research team has obtained electrical energy from small movements of the human body, such as the blink of an eye, by using biocompatible materials to minimize the device’s thickness....

R&D: Materials

Scientists have discovered a new type of bone repairing material that could be used to more precisely fix bone defects. The bioresponsive ceramic interacts with an enzyme found in blood to be...

INSIDER: Medical

Patient-specific 3D printed smart metamaterial implants double as sensors to monitor spinal healing. The new class of multifunctional mechanical metamaterials act as their own sensors, recording and...

On-Demand Webinars: Medical

Major advances in medical devices have been made over the last few decades, keeping thousands of people alive and improving the quality of life for others. At the same...

INSIDER: Materials

Developed by a team of immunologists, a durable coating proved deadly to SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), E. coli, MRSA, and a variety of other pathogens. It killed 99.9 percent...

Applications: Medical

For years, ultrasonic welding has been used in cleanrooms where plastic components are assembled to complete medical and electronic...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Stretchable Film

A stretchable film from Toray, Tokyo, Japan, builds on the company’s technology to deliver circuit mounts that offer exceptional resistance value stability. REACTIS is...

Briefs: Materials

It may look like a bizarre bike helmet, or a piece of equipment found in Doc Brown’s lab in Back to the Future, yet this gadget made of plastic and copper wire is a...

Briefs: Materials

The medical packaging market has quickly embraced the use of automation for the thermoforming process. Automation has enabled adherence to stringent quality requirements and has...

R&D: Nanotechnology

An ancient metal used for its microbial properties is the basis for a materials-based solution to disinfection. A team of scientists has developed an antimicrobial spray that deposits a layer of...

R&D: Medical

Researchers have shown that electrospun materials have many advantages over conventional bulk materials for the development of wearables. Electrospun materials’ high surface-to-volume...

News: Medical

Contract manufacturer Tegra Medical, Franklin, MA, has expanded its manufacturing operations in Costa Rica with the purchase of a new building. The new building is located near its...

INSIDER: Medical

Flexible implanted electronics are a step closer toward clinical applications thanks to a recent breakthrough technology that uses in-house silicon carbide...

White Papers: Medical
Rapid Transitions of Thermo-Responsive Polymer Networks

Responsive polymers have many key uses including drug delivery, switchable biocompatible coatings, and advanced biointerfaces in bioanalytical devices. Thermo-responsive polymers, where...

Features: Data Acquisition

We’re at an inflection point in device history. Technology and innovation have had a long legacy in medical device development, but what’s changed in recent years is the...

Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Forensic cost analysis methods have already gained traction in the automotive industry, which has long recognized the value of determining an accurate cost of components and...

Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping

A lack of a specialized label is all it takes to halt the production of a medical device. While those of us in medical device manufacturing were aware...

Features: Green Design & Manufacturing

In today’s world, many consumers are demanding that brands and corporations become more sustainable and make a dedicated effort to reduce their carbon footprint. This has led...

INSIDER: Materials

A new self-powered, wristwatch-style health monitor can keep track of a wearer’s pulse and wirelessly communicate with a nearby smartphone or tablet — without needing an...

INSIDER: Medical

A new type of dressing for post-surgical treatment of melanoma has been created by scientists who have discovered a new method for making a material that can kill...

INSIDER: Materials

Researchers are closing in on a way to replace batteries for wearables and low-power applications designed for the Internet of Things (IoT). The answer lies in an ink coating that...

Features: Materials

Hoses and tubes are extensively used within the healthcare and medical industry in a variety of applications, from wound drains and catheters to drug...

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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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