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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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Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Integrating Vision and Force Measurement into Medical Quality Control

Vital for ensuring compliance to federal regulations, dimensional metrology systems facilitate critical measurement of medical parts, and force testing systems are used to...

Features : Medical
Electrocutting and Mechanical Cutting for Endoscopic Applications

Even the simplest medical cable assembly projects contain numerous engineering considerations. And among the most complex applications, the quantity of requirements can...

Briefs : Medical
Low-Cost Sensors Have High Impact on Productivity

An intelligent, low-cost tooling insert, embedded with smart sensors, has been developed to deliver in-process condition monitoring that reduces machining stoppages and improves productivity...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Research Explores Internal Flow Behavior in Additive Manufacturing, Welding of Metals

Arc welding and additive manufacturing are hugely important for creating large metal components relatively inexpensively and quickly. New research by a...

Briefs : Medical
3D Printed Implant Promotes Nerve Cell Growth to Treat Spinal Cord Injury

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Institute of Engineering in Medicine have used rapid 3D printing technologies to create a...

Briefs : Nanotechnology
3D Nanoprinting Strategy Opens Door to Revolution in Medicine, Robotics

Engineers at the University of Maryland (UMD) have created the first 3D printed fluid circuit element so tiny that 10 could rest on the width of a human hair. The diode...

Products : Medical
New Products & Services: March 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Flush-Head Studs

Self-clinching flush-head studs from Penn-Engineering, Danboro, PA, feature a thread profile that enables quick mating with push-on plastic nuts, wire tie...

INSIDER : Medical
New Center to Focus on 3D Printed Implants

A new center for the transfer of new manufacturing technologies for medical applications to the medtech industry is being built in Bettlach, Switzerland. The center, called Swiss m4m Center is...

INSIDER : Medical
Bigger Teams: Not Always Better in Science and Tech

Examining 60 years of publications, researchers found that smaller teams were far more likely to introduce new ideas to science and technology, while larger teams more often developed and...

INSIDER : Communications
Sustainable Electronics Manufacturing Breakthrough for IoT Sensors

Researchers are developing an eco-friendly, 3D printable solution for producing wireless Internet-of-Things (IoT) sensors that can be used and disposed of without...

INSIDER : Medical
Compact Mechanisms Show Promise for Medical Devices

A new technology allows engineers to build complex mechanisms into the exterior of a structure without taking up any actual space below the surface. The new class is called developable...

INSIDER : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printing Method Creates Objects in One Piece

A new high-speed 3D printing method beams a three-dimensional video into a container of photosensitive resin. The video plays while the container rotates for a few minutes — then the fluid...

INSIDER : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printed Implants Created from Biodegradable Material

Researchers have discovered that cellulose nanocrystals in a viscous state can easily be shaped together with other biopolymers into complex three-dimensional structures using a 3D...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medbio Expands Manufacturing Capacity

Medbio, Grand Rapids, MI, has opened a second manufacturing facility. The company is an outsource manufacturer offering design and engineering, manufacturing, assembly, and packaging solutions for the...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
New Products & Services: February 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Board-to Board Connector

A miniature board-to-board connector from Hirose, Downers Grove, IL, combines a rugged design with transmission speeds of more than 10 Gpbs to...

Features : Medical
Manufacturing: Tooling Up for Success

In the medical industry, metal parts play an integral role in a vast array of diagnostic, testing, medical instruments, and equipment. Although certain complex metal parts can only be machined, thinner...

Briefs : Medical
Predicting Leaky Heart Valves with 3D Printing

More than one in eight people aged 75 and older in the United States develop moderate-to-severe blockage of the aortic valve in their hearts, usually caused by calcified deposits that build up...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Vander-Bend Acquires J.L. Haley Enterprises

Vander-Bend Manufacturing, Inc., a portfolio company of Aterian Investment Partners based in San Jose, CA, has acquired J.L. Haley Enterprises, Inc. Based in Rancho Cordova, CA, Haley is a niche...

INSIDER : Medical
MD&M West Adds New Features for 2019, Including Interactive Design Workshops

In 2019, MD&M West is bringing in several new features to help attendees optimize their time at the show. Features range from a career zone to a design dome,...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month: January 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Ultrasonic Welding Platform

Emerson, Danbury, CT, has launched a highly configurable ultrasonic welding platform. The Branson GSX is a modular system that enables users to...

Features : Materials
Design for Manufacturing: Tips for Molding Components in Silicone

Device functionality is usually the starting point when designing devices. Another element that needs to be considered when designing devices and their subsequent components...

R&D : Materials
Photonic Radiation Sensors Survive Huge Doses Undamaged

Landmark test results suggest a promising class of sensors can be used in high-radiation environments and to advance important medical, industrial, and research applications.

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Customizing Implants With 3D Image Processing

Long-term patient comfort is a key part in any implant surgeries. Accurate placements of implants, of knees, hips, and other medical devices, is crucial to reducing the risk of discomfort and the...

News : Wearables
Low-Cost Plastic Sensors Could Monitor a Range of Health Conditions

An international team of researchers have developed a low-cost sensor made from semiconducting plastic that can be used to diagnose or monitor a wide range of health...

News : Medical
3D-Printed Implants Shown to Help Grow 'Real Bone'

Researchers have reported that chemically coated ceramic implants successfully guided the regrowth of missing bone in lab animals while steadily dissolving. Surgeons and scientists at NYU...

News : Medical
3D-Printed Implants Shown to Help Grow 'Real Bone'

Researchers have reported that chemically coated ceramic implants successfully guided the regrowth of missing bone in lab animals while steadily dissolving. Surgeons and scientists at NYU...

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