Manufacturing & Prototyping

Prototyping/​Rapid Prototyping

Access a wide range of multimedia resources and technical briefs that will demonstrate rapid prototyping and tooling technologies that are speeding up the development and design of medical devices and products.

Latest Briefs & News

Supplements: Data Acquisition
Our 2021 Resource Guide shows you the top manufacturers in materials, manufacturing, and a range of other medical-device categories.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping

The advent of COVID-19 has added a layer of complexity to product development. Agility is more important than ever as it has made it critical to get products to market quickly. While...

From the Editor: Design
See how medtech companies are trying to get more ventilators on the market.
Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medical device developers are providing more options through intuitive user interfaces (UIs).
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Micromolded components, liquid silicone rubber, 3D printing materials, and more.
R&D: Medical
Engineers have created tiny needles that mimic parasites that attach to skin and could replace hypodermic needles.
R&D: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A new, inexpensive technology could save lives and money by routinely screening women for breast cancer without exposure to radiation.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Position sensors, power clamps, CT scanners, and more.
Features: Materials
Micromolding can be seen as the latest technological innovation that enables the design, manufacture, and clinical use of groundbreaking medical devices.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The patch mimics electrical signaling of the heart.
Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This feature presents insights from industry leaders, inventors, entrepreneurs, and those inspiring other women through education.
Technology Leaders: Robotics, Automation & Control
Learn about 2019's stand-out manufacturers and cutting-edge applications in special metals, coatings, robotics, and more.
Features: Materials

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...

News: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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
Technology Leaders: Materials

As often happens in the medical industry, innovative ideas hatched in university research settings spawn innovative companies, which create innovative products. A...

Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping

For medical device developers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), the transition from prototype to commercial-scale production with a contract...

Briefs: Materials

Hold speed or hold velocity? How many machines today have it, and what does it do to the process?

Features: Tubing & Extrusion

Modern science has allowed surgeons to fix the human body amazingly fast yet leave behind only small traces where repairs were performed. One of the more commonly used methods to...

Features: Medical

Rapid prototyping has long played a vital role in the evolution of medical device technology. Effectively applied during a product's early design stages, it can generate...

News: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A Tech Briefs reader asks our expert to compare three 3D-printing techniques.
Features: Medical

Engineering thermoplastics are widely used to manufacture a broad range of medical devices, from single-use syringes and applicators to...

News: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Proto Labs Reaches Agreement to Acquire RAPID, Expands Services with Sheet Metal Fabrication

Proto Labs has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held company Rapid Manufacturing Group. Rapid is a New Hampshire-based custom parts supplier specializing in quick-turn sheet metal fabrication and CNC machining. With the...

News: Medical

Frequently used as a design validation and prototyping tool in its early days, the 3D printer now supports a much wider range of applications, from shape-conforming electronics to the creation of...

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Plastics Machinery Shipments Rise 13.5%

According to a recent report by the SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Associations’ Committee on Equipment Statistics, for the second straight quarter, North American shipments of plastics machinery registered a strong year-over-year increase in the first quarter of 2016. Shipments of primary plastics...

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Martin Thuo, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Iowa State University, and his research group are using materials expertise to study soft matter,...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

A team of engineers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) say that a new form of 3D printing and laser...

INSIDER: Medical

UPS, Atlanta, GA, announced that it is launching a distributed, on-demand manufacturing network that links its global logistics network with 3D printers at The UPS Store®...

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Manufacturing Day Can Be Any Day

Manufacturing Day™, which officially occurs on Oct. 7, is a celebration of modern manufacturing designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. Companies can plan their events on any date and register their event...

INSIDER: Medical

A masters student in product development at the School of Engineering at Lund University, Sweden, Emelie Strömshed,has developed a step-by-step process to combine prosthetic arm socket...

Ask the Expert

Dan Sanchez on How to Improve Extruded Components

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.

Videos