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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Rapid prototyping and tooling technologies are essential to the medical device design cycle. Explore the medical innovations that impact applications in 3D printing, laser etching, and rapid prototyping.

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INSIDER : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Adding Copper Strengthens 3D Printed Titanium
Adding Copper Strengthens 3D Printed Titanium

Successful trials of titanium-copper alloys for 3D printing could kickstart a new range of high-performance alloys for medical device and other applications.

Adding Copper Strengthens 3D Printed Titanium
Briefs : Medical
Novel Applications of Electrospinning Could Improve Devices
Novel Applications of Electrospinning Could Improve Devices

When you visit Andrew Steckl’s lab at the University of Cincinnati, you see a nondescript glass box that weaves together different fibers. He sees endless possibility.

Novel Applications of Electrospinning Could Improve Devices
Products : Materials
Vote for the 2019 Annual Readers’ Choice Awards
Vote for the 2019 Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

Each month, the editors of Medical Design Briefs choose a Product of the Month that has exceptional technical merit and practical value for MDB's design engineering readers.

Vote for the 2019 Annual Readers’ Choice Awards
Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month: December 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Product of the Month: December 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Ultrasonic Welder

Cycle time, changeover, and downtime can be significantly and efficiently reduced with a new ultrasonic welder from Hermann Ultrasonics, Bartlett, IL. The...

Product of the Month: December 2019 Medical Design Briefs
R&D : Medical
New 3D Printing Technique for Biomaterials
New 3D Printing Technique for Biomaterials

A new technique could be used to print soft biomaterials that could be used to repair defects in the body. The method offers an alternative to existing techniques that use gels that have been minced...

New 3D Printing Technique for Biomaterials
INSIDER : Materials
New Printing Technique Produces ‘Living’ 4D Materials
New Printing Technique Produces ‘Living’ 4D Materials

Researchers have successfully merged 3D/4D printing with a chemical process to produce “living” resin, which has huge potential for applications including biomedicine. The new...

New Printing Technique Produces ‘Living’ 4D Materials
News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
OKAY Industries Introduces NexTech Labs
OKAY Industries Introduces NexTech Labs

OKAY Industries, a contract manufacturer that engineers components and subassemblies for original equipment manufacturers in the medical device and industrial markets, has added state-of-the-art...

OKAY Industries Introduces NexTech Labs
Webinars : Manufacturing & Prototyping
How 3D Printing Is Changing the Development of Orthopedic Devices

With the advent of 3D printing, prototyping orthopedic implants began to change. In recent years, it has been common to see a patient-specific 3D printed hip or knee created in order to reduce the number of implant options the physician has to choose from. But 3D technology has...

Products : Medical
Product Focus: Manufacturing/Assembly Equipment
Product Focus: Manufacturing/Assembly Equipment

Additive Manufacturing

Felix Partners, IJsselstein, the Netherlands, has launched several additive manufacturing platforms for industrial production applications. The Pro 3 integrates...

Product Focus: Manufacturing/Assembly Equipment
R&D : Medical
Implantables to Augment Missing Body Tissue
Implantables to Augment Missing Body Tissue

Kanfit3D has entered into a joint research partnership with the University of Brescia (Italy). The project will develop unique implantable structures, using additive layer manufacturing (ALM)...

Implantables to Augment Missing Body Tissue
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 : Sensors/Data Acquisition
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 : 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
From the Editor : Manufacturing & Prototyping
From The Editor — What Manufacturers Want Most
From The Editor — What Manufacturers Want Most

Manufacturers are focused on improving their design processes far more than on improving their design tools, according to a recent study.

From The Editor — What Manufacturers Want Most
Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
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
Technology Leaders : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Customer Challenges Lead to Innovative Solutions
Customer Challenges Lead to Innovative Solutions

Contract manufacturers have an increasingly critical role in medical device manufacturing. For original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that choose to outsource manufacturing operations, a...

Customer Challenges Lead to Innovative Solutions
Technology Leaders : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Value Engineering Applied to Micro Components
Value Engineering Applied to Micro Components

Value engineering (VE) is an organized/systematic approach directed at analyzing the function of systems, equipment, facilities, services, and supplies for the purpose of achieving their...

Value Engineering Applied to Micro Components
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
Features : Robotics, Automation & Control
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
Briefs : Medical
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
Products : Medical
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
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 : Medical
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
Features : Medical
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
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
Products : Semiconductors & ICs
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

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