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Materials, Adhesives & Coatings

Surgical instruments, implants, catheters, endoscopes, and ultrasound probes all require a variety of materials, adhesives, and coatings. Access the technical resources for a range of medical materials and coatings. Design engineers can browse news, technical briefs, and applications for plastics, composites, rubbers, elastomers, and metals.

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Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

R&D : Materials
Soft Tissue Substitute Offers Fewer Side Effects

Researchers have invented a synthetic soft tissue substitute that is well tolerated and encourages the growth of soft tissue and blood vessels. This new material retains its shape without...

INSIDER : Medical
Biosensor Detects and Analyzes Colorless and Transparent Biomaterials

Researchers have developed a biosensor that expresses biomaterials’ colors using a nano structure and applies a new image signal processing technique.

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
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...

Briefs : Medical
‘Origami’ Diagnostic Device Offers Affordable Malaria Diagnoses

In a new paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from universities in Scotland and China, working together with the...

Briefs : Materials
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, such as drug-delivery device parts and...

Briefs : Materials
New Polymer Heart Valves Improve Patient Outcomes

NIBIB-funded engineers are designing and testing aortic heart valve replacements made of polymers rather than animal heart tissues. The goal is to optimize performance of these valves in an...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Functional PVD Coatings Improve Medical Device Performance and Life

As the medical device industry continues to grow rapidly, manufacturers must contend with a variety of challenges if they wish to differentiate products in a highly...

Products : Materials
New Products & Services: May 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Medical Adhesives

Epoxy Technology, Billerica, MA, has completed ISO 10993 testing of its previously Class VI adhesives, as well as the addition of 12 new medical-device-grade...

R&D : Materials
Temperature-Controlled Materials

Researchers have designed a temperature-controllable copper-based material for sieving or storing different kinds of gases. The rationale used to design the material could act as a blueprint for developing...

INSIDER : Wearables
Patch Could Limit Muscle Damage after Heart Attack

Guided by computer simulations, an international team of researchers has developed an adhesive patch that can provide support for damaged heart tissue, potentially reducing the stretching of...

INSIDER : Medical
Nanocomposite Heart Valve Helps High-Risk Patients

Researchers have created the first-ever nanocomposite biomaterial transcatheter heart-valve developed to reduce or eliminate complications related to heart transplants. By using a newly...

INSIDER : Materials
4D Printed Materials Show Promise for Tiny Implantables

Engineers have created flexible, lightweight materials with 4D printing that could lead to better soft robotics and tiny implantable biomedical devices. The stiffness can be adjusted...

Features : Wearables
Advancing the Evolution of Skin-Contact Adhesion Technology

Whether used in wound care products, ostomy applications, or for adhering wearable devices to skin, advanced pressure-sensitive adhesives are being created to improve breathability,...

Briefs : Materials
Enhancing Electrode Properties with Laser Restructuring

The materials that go into medical devices — particularly implantable electrical devices — have to strike a unique balance of properties. Once you consider biocompatibility and all...

Briefs : Wearables
Researchers Develop Long-Lasting Disposable Health Patch

Researchers have created a health patch that offers unprecedented comfort and a long battery life, previously unseen in this type of device. The patch can also be manufactured at a...

Features : Materials
The Best of Both Worlds: Hybrid Implant Imitates Bone Structure
NUST MISIS
Moscow, Russia

Scientists from the National University of Science and Technology – MISIS have developed a unique hybrid bone implant, the core of...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Digital Manufacturing Helps Medtech Firm's Goal to Improve Patient Outcomes

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

R&D : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Silver Nanowires Promise More Comfortable Smart Textiles

Researchers have developed a simple, scalable, and low-cost capillary-driven self-assembly method to prepare flexible and stretchable conductive fibers that have applications in...

R&D : Manufacturing & Prototyping
New 3D Printing Process for Bone Implants

Researchers have developed a technique with which bone implants that are precisely fitting, stable, and variable in dimensions can be 3D printed from a special plastic. In the printing process,...

INSIDER : Medical
From Foam to Bone: The implant of the Future

Researchers have developed what could be the bone implant material of the future: an airy, foamlike substance that can be injected into the body and provide scaffolding for the growth of new...

INSIDER : Medical
Mobile Bedside Bioprinter Can Heal Wounds

Scientists have created such a mobile skin bioprinting system — the first of its kind — that allows bi-layered skin to be printed directly into a wound. The bioprinter, filled with a patient’s...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Artificial Skin Could Give Superhuman Perception

A new type of sensor could lead to artificial skin that someday helps burn victims ‘feel’ and safeguards the rest of us, University of Connecticut researchers suggest in a paper in...

Products : Materials
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...

Features : Tubing & Extrusion
High-Consistency Rubber Provides Versatility for Medical Device Manufacturing

With more insight about the characteristics of this versatile silicone material, medical device manufacturers can better understand potential applications and...

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