Manufacturing & Prototyping

3D Printing

3D printing and additive manufacturing are being used in the medical field to create customized implants, prosthetics, and protective devices. Access the essential technical briefs and resources for design engineers working in manufacturing and medical industries.

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From the Editor: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Shipment of additive manufacturing (AM) systems for metal parts increased by 24.4 percent in 2023, according to Wohlers Associates latest report. See what Editor and Director of Medical Content Sherrie Trigg thinks about the matter.
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Briefs: Materials
Taking a cue from the structural complexity of trees and bones, Washington State University engineers have created a way to 3D print two types of steel in the same circular layer using two welding machines. The resulting bimetallic material proved 33–42 percent stronger than either metal alone, thanks in part to pressure caused between the metals as they cool together.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Their device, which is only a few centimeters in size, can be manufactured at scale in batches and then incorporated into a mass spectrometer using efficient, pick-and-place robotic assembly methods.
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Products: Medical
Video Spotlight on Products and Services
See which products and services the video spotlight is on, including a static testing system from Instron, the SIGMA Laser Stent and Tube Cutting System, medical micro molding services from AccuMold, sterilization solutions and lab testing and advisory services from Sotera Health, electric linear actuators from Thomson, nitinol components from Confluent Medical, and Interpower's power cords.
Videos of the Month: Medical
See the videos of the month, including one on a smart material that's activated by both heat and electricity, one on new materials and applications for medicine, one on a new 3D inkjet printing system that works with a much wider range of materials, and one on the next generation of polymers for 3D printing.
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Briefs: Medical
3D printed microscopic particles — so small that to the naked eye they look like dust — have applications in drug and vaccine delivery, microelectronics, microfluidics, and abrasives for intricate manufacturing. Researchers at Stanford University have introduced a more efficient processing technique that can print up to 1 million highly detailed and customizable microscale particles a day.
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INSIDER: Medical

A method for 3D printing called vapor-induced phase-separation 3D printing, or VIPS-3D, can create single-material as well as multi-material objects. It could be useful for...

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INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Fat tissue holds the key to 3D printing layered living skin and potentially hair follicles, according to researchers who recently harnessed fat cells and supporting structures from clinically procured human...

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Products: Imaging
See the new products and services, including Seminex' high-power multichip module, a new technology from Renishaw that enables users of RenAM 500 series metal additive manufacturing systems to reduce build times by up to 50 percent, and Applied Motion Products' servo series engineered for high machine performance.
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From the Editor: Manufacturing & Prototyping
As the COVID pandemic began to drive rapid changes in healthcare, innovative manufacturers and makers around the world began using 3D printing and generative design to fill a dire need for masks, swabs, ventilator components, and other medical equipment. Read on to learn more thoughts from Sherrie Trigg, Editor and Director of Medical Content.
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Briefs: Materials
The work could lead to better infection control in many common surgeries, such as hip and knee replacements, that are performed daily around the world. Bacterial colonization of the implants is one of the leading causes of their failure and bad outcomes after surgery.
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INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Researchers have invented a lab-on-a-chip that can be 3D printed in just 30 minutes. The chip has the potential to make on-the-spot testing widely accessible.

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R&D: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A microprinter can print piezoelectric films 100 times faster for the production of MEMS for sensors, wearable, or implantable medical devices, offering the possibility to lower the mass production costs.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
An advancement in 3D bioprinting of native-like skeletal muscle tissues has been made by scientists at the Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation (TIBI).
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News: Medical

Siemens is expanding its focus on additive manufacturing (AM) initiatives in the United States to help accelerate the transformation of the U.S. AM industry through serial...

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Videos of the Month: Medical
See the videos of the month, including one on a wearable, textile-based device that could compensate for deficiencies in visual and auditory inputs by tapping the sense of touch; one on a 3D-printed heart; one on the eradication of advanced-stage mesothelioma in mice; and more.
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Products: Materials
See the product of the month: Formlabs' three healthcare-focused materials -- BioMed Elastic 50A Resin, BioMed Flex 80A Resin, and IBT Flex Resin.
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Tech Talks: Medical
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There are numerous advantages to using multiple print technologies as part of a holistic additive strategy to effectively service medical industry applications. This...

White Papers: Design
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Empowering Medical Design with Additive Manufacturing 3D Solutions for a Healthier Future

Explore the future of healthcare technology in our white paper, "Empowering Medical Design with Additive Manufacturing.” Discover how additive...

R&D: Medical
An advanced microscale 3D printing technology used for tissue engineering, cancer research, and biofabrication is now accessible to researchers worldwide. The technology centers around melt electrowriting (MEW), a unique class of additive manufacturing.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Additive fusion technology opens doors to more sustainable manufacturing options that can help lower cost and reduce weight and waste, all while maintaining the integrity and strength required of geometrically complex and small parts subjected to harsh environments.
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INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping

New 3D printed hydrogel dressings can speed up and improve the healing process for patients with second-degree burns. The dressings have bioactive formulations to better address...

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Products: Tubing & Extrusion
See the new products and services, including servo motor drives, miniature linear voice coil servo motors, an extrusion crosshead, a micro drive, and more.
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Global Innovations: Manufacturing & Prototyping
One of the challenges in treating burn victims is the frequency of dressing changes, which can be extremely painful. To bring relief to this pain and related problems, researchers have created a new type of wound dressing material using advanced polymers.
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Features: Robotics, Automation & Control
BIOMEDevice Boston brings engineers, business leaders, disruptive companies, and innovative thinkers from the region’s top start-ups and medical device OEMs together to inspire the next life-changing medical device. The event will focus on key advances in robotics and 3D printing among other cutting-edge technologies.
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News: Connectivity

Portugal’s Secretary of State for Digitalization and Administrative Modernization Mário Campolargo will deliver the inaugural speech at the MES &...

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From the Editor: Medical
Medical device company Mighty Oak Medical recently announced a technical partnership with HP for 3D printed healthcare applications to improve pedicle screw placement in spinal procedures.
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INSIDER: Wearables

Using 3D printing and hydrogel technology, researchers are moving closer to being able to create devices that better match the human body than the electronic devices...

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Supplements: Tubing & Extrusion
In our summer edition of the MDB Resource Guide, learn about new cleaning requirements and find the right company to match your medical-design needs.
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Ask the Expert

Dan Sanchez on How to Improve Extruded Components
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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.

Inside Story

Inside Story: Validating Your Sterilization Process
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To find out more about sterile product development and registration, MDB recently spoke with Elizabeth Sydnor, Director of Microbiology of Eurofins Medical Device Testing (Lancaster, PA). Read the interview.

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