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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 : Tubing & Extrusion
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 : Markets
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
Effects of Tube Processing on the Fatigue Life of Nitinol: Part 1
Effects of Tube Processing on the Fatigue Life of Nitinol: Part 1

With medical devices approved for more demanding cardiovascular applications such as transcatheter aortic and mitral valve repair (TAVR/TMVR), the long-term structural...

Effects of Tube Processing on the Fatigue Life of Nitinol: Part 1
Features : FDA/Regulatory
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 : Materials
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
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 : Software
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 : Electronics & Computers
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 : Communications
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
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
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 : Connectivity
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 : Tubing & Extrusion
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
Features : Communications
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 : Photonics/Optics
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 : Design
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 : Sensors/Data Acquisition
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
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 : Test & Measurement
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
Global Innovations : Materials
Regenerative Medicine: 3D Printing Biological Tissue
Regenerative Medicine: 3D Printing Biological Tissue

The future of medicine is biological — and scientists hope we will soon be using 3D printed biologically functional tissue to replace irreparably damaged tissue in the body. A team of...

Regenerative Medicine: 3D Printing Biological Tissue
News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Want a Magnetized Medical Robot? Just 3D Print It
Want a Magnetized Medical Robot? Just 3D Print It
A microrobot can take up to 8 hours to make. With the help of a 3D printer, University of Toronto engineers got the process down to 20 minutes
Want a Magnetized Medical Robot? Just 3D Print It
Features : Materials
Design for Manufacturability Improves Articulating Instrument Development
Design for Manufacturability Improves Articulating Instrument Development

Precision in surgery is paramount. Surgeons rely on a variety of handheld instruments, and they increasingly want tools that can aid in accessing hard-to-reach areas...

Design for Manufacturability Improves Articulating Instrument Development
Briefs : Medical
Why Reel-to-Reel Molding Might Be Right for Medical Components
Why Reel-to-Reel Molding Might Be Right for Medical Components
Reel-to-reel insert molding can prove a more efficient process for design engineers when it comes to lowering assembly costs. The process is best suited for products that require dimensional stability and need to function in harsh environments.
Why Reel-to-Reel Molding Might Be Right for Medical Components

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