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Blog : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Flex Boston Innovation Center: Taking Products from Sketch to Scale
Flex Boston Innovation Center: Taking Products from Sketch to Scale
Staying relevant in the medical device industry requires operating “with real-time information, comprehensive capabilities, and a global physical infrastructure to deliver speed, scope, and scale to keep pace in this rapidly changing market.”
Flex Boston Innovation Center: Taking Products from Sketch to Scale
INSIDER : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Printed Electronics Pave Way for Personalized Biosensors
Printed Electronics Pave Way for Personalized Biosensors

A fully print-in-place technique for electronics that is gentle enough to work on delicate surfaces, including human skin. The advance could enable technologies such as high-adhesion,...

Printed Electronics Pave Way for Personalized Biosensors
Features : Medical
A Strip You Can Rely On: Tips for Designing Blood Glucose Test Strips
A Strip You Can Rely On: Tips for Designing Blood Glucose Test Strips

When it comes to diabetes management, accurate blood glucose readings are paramount. And when it comes to generating accurate readings, the quality of the test strip is...

A Strip You Can Rely On: Tips for Designing Blood Glucose Test Strips
Features : RF & Microwave Electronics
Protecting Medical Consumable Revenue Streams with RFID
Protecting Medical Consumable Revenue Streams with RFID

Hardware manufacturers, including medical device manufacturers, and their product line managers are constantly challenged to increase revenue and profit. For many, the strategy to...

Protecting Medical Consumable Revenue Streams with RFID
Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Clean Design: Reducing Patient Infections Starts with Design for Cleanability
Clean Design: Reducing Patient Infections Starts with Design for Cleanability

Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported progress on reducing overall infection rates with enhanced safety measures and better disinfection...

Clean Design: Reducing Patient Infections Starts with Design for Cleanability
Products : Medical
Product of the Month: October 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Product of the Month: October 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Materials Resource Guide

I.W. Tremont, Hawthorne, NJ, has released an updated Diagnostic Device Materials Guide. The recently revised guide contains technical information as...

Product of the Month: October 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Products : Medical
New Products & Services: October 2019 Medical Design Briefs
New Products & Services: October 2019 Medical Design Briefs

UV-LED Light Engines

Innovations in Optics, Woburn, MA, offers high-power, UV LED light engines. The LumiBright™ UV-LED Light Engines feature UV die arrays bonded on...

New Products & Services: October 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Features : Medical
Automation: The Future of Medical Manufacturing
Automation: The Future of Medical Manufacturing

Manufacturers in the medical industry face unique challenges in terms of product mix, throughput requirements, quality standards, and regulatory guidelines. Whether a company is developing...

Automation: The Future of Medical Manufacturing
Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printing: SLS Creates New Potential for Design in Medical Technology
3D Printing: SLS Creates New Potential for Design in Medical Technology

Laser sintering technology enables medical technology designers to print plastic objects for feasibility studies within a very short time. The functional prototypes...

3D Printing: SLS Creates New Potential for Design in Medical Technology
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
High-Volume Electrospinning Production Platform for Medical Devices
High-Volume Electrospinning Production Platform for Medical Devices

A newly developed platform has been designed for large-scale industrial manufacturing of reproducible and scalable fiber-based scaffolds for Class I, II and III medical...

High-Volume Electrospinning Production Platform for Medical Devices
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
The Future of 3D Printing: From Prototyping to Production
The Future of 3D Printing: From Prototyping to Production

Additive manufacturing, better known as 3D printing, has been evolving for the last 30 years. Now it’s set to enter the mainstream, and evolving technology including new printers...

The Future of 3D Printing: From Prototyping to Production
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printing Process Maximizes Performance for Paek Parts
3D Printing Process Maximizes Performance for Paek Parts

To help customers with an accelerated route to market for 3D printed polyaryletherketone (PAEK) parts, UK-based Victrex has developed differentiated 3D printing [additive manufacturing...

3D Printing Process Maximizes Performance for Paek Parts
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
NIST Research Sparks New Insights on Laser Welding
NIST Research Sparks New Insights on Laser Welding

On its surface, the work is deceptively simple: Shoot a high-power laser beam onto a piece of metal for a fraction of a second and see what happens. But researchers say the physics of laser...

NIST Research Sparks New Insights on Laser Welding
Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Metal Stamping: Converting Parts for Cost Savings
Metal Stamping: Converting Parts for Cost Savings

In today’s world of medical device manufacturing, cost pressures are very real. At the same time, cost savings can be just as real, especially when companies examine their manufacturing...

Metal Stamping: Converting Parts for Cost Savings
Products : Motion Control
New Products & Services: October 2019 Medical Manufacturing & Machining
New Products & Services: October 2019 Medical Manufacturing & Machining

Inventory Software

A new application from Dynamic Systems, Kirkland, WA, uses barcodes to manage inventory and upload the information to any accounting system....

New Products & Services: October 2019 Medical Manufacturing & Machining
INSIDER : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Breakthrough Technique Improves 3D Printing of Organs
Breakthrough Technique Improves 3D Printing of Organs

A new technique called SWIFT (sacrificial writing into functional tissue) enables 3D printing of vascular channels into living matrices composed of stem-cell-derived organ building blocks...

Breakthrough Technique Improves 3D Printing of Organs
Global Innovations : Materials
Conductive Textiles Connect Multiple Wearables
Conductive Textiles Connect Multiple Wearables

Researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have invented a completely new way for wearable devices to interconnect. They incorporated conductive textiles into clothing to...

Conductive Textiles Connect Multiple Wearables
Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medical Design Briefs Product Focus (September 2019): Pumps/Valves
Medical Design Briefs Product Focus (September 2019): Pumps/Valves

Gradient Valves

Clippard, Cincinnati, OH, has released gradient valves that feature multiple two-way, normally closed solenoids connected around a central body. The...

Medical Design Briefs Product Focus (September 2019): Pumps/Valves
INSIDER : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Smart Factory Test Bed Drives Manufacturing Innovation
Smart Factory Test Bed Drives Manufacturing Innovation

A powerful private sector consortium in the UK has developed a connected facility that will de-risk investment in the digital technologies at the heart of the government’s Industrial...

Smart Factory Test Bed Drives Manufacturing Innovation
INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
Industrial Robots Operate in Real Time
Industrial Robots Operate in Real Time

Scientists have developed software that enables industrial robots to form and adjust the trajectories of the movements of their tools while maintaining accuracy in real time. The software uses...

Industrial Robots Operate in Real Time
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