Manufacturing & Prototyping

Prototyping/​Rapid Prototyping

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Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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...

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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

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

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

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

Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Digital Manufacturing Helps Revolutionize Surgical Stapler

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...

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...

A Tech Briefs reader asks our expert to compare three 3D-printing techniques.

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...

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The 3D Printing Landscape: Then and Now

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: Materials
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...

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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printing Metals Suspended in Midair

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...

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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printing a Perfectly Fitting Prosthetic Socket

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...

The FDA has developed a draft guidance to provide the agency’s initial thinking on technical considerations specific to devices using additive manufacturing (AM) and recommendations...

News: Medical
Addressing Challenges in Manufacturing Technologies

There’s no doubt that additive manufacturing (AM), including emerging 3D printing technologies, is booming. Despite its promise though, AM still has far to go to in understanding the impact of subtle differences in manufacturing methods on the properties and capabilities of resulting...

News: Materials
3D Printing with Copper and Gold Achieved

A team of scientists from the University of Twente in The Netherlands has discovered a way to 3D print structures of copper and gold, by stacking microscopically small metal droplets. These droplets are made by melting a thin metal film using a pulsed laser. They say that this technology would allow...

R&D: Electronics & Computers
3D-Printed Contact Lens Combines Plastics and Electronics

An interdisciplinary team of engineers at Princeton University has embedded tiny light-emitting diodes (LEDs) into a standard contact lens, allowing the device to project beams of colored light. While the lens is not designed for actual use, especially since it requires an external power...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Electro-Set for Rapid Prototyping

Cardinal Components, Inc., Wayne, NJ, introduces Electro-Set, a new board-level product line for the Internet of Things. Electro-Set boards provide a standard unified 6 Pin connector including I2C...

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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.

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