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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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R&D : Markets
Graphene Monolayer Improves Implantable Neurostim Devices
Graphene Monolayer Improves Implantable Neurostim Devices

One of the most commonly used elements in neurostimulation devices is platinum microelectrodes, but they are prone to corrosion, which can reduce the functional lifetime of the...

Graphene Monolayer Improves Implantable Neurostim Devices
Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
New Products & Services: August 2019 Medical Design Briefs
New Products & Services: August 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Medical Device Manufacturing Software

Master Control, Salt Lake City, UT, has released a software platform designed to automate production and improve operational quality....

New Products & Services: August 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Researchers Create Soft, Flexible Materials with Enhanced Properties
Researchers Create Soft, Flexible Materials with Enhanced Properties

A team of polymer chemists and engineers from Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new methodology that can be used to create a class of stretchable polymer...

Researchers Create Soft, Flexible Materials with Enhanced Properties
Briefs : Materials
Chemists Develop Nanoscale Bioabsorbable Wound Dressing
Chemists Develop Nanoscale Bioabsorbable Wound Dressing

Scientists at Texas A&M University are harnessing the combined power of organic nanomaterials-based chemistry and a natural product found in crustacean exoskeletons to help bring...

Chemists Develop Nanoscale Bioabsorbable Wound Dressing
Products : IoMT
New Products & Services: July 2019 Medical Design Briefs
New Products & Services: July 2019 Medical Design Briefs

SPC Software

Zontec, Inc., Cincinnati, OH, has released new statistical process control (SPC) software designed to improve manufacturing quality. The Synergy 1000™ and...

New Products & Services: July 2019 Medical Design Briefs
INSIDER : Medical
Octopus-Inspired Wearable Sensor
Octopus-Inspired Wearable Sensor

Wearable electronics that adhere to skin are an emerging trend in health sensor technology for their ability to monitor a variety of human activities, from heart rate to step count. But finding the best way...

Octopus-Inspired Wearable Sensor
Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Materials Matter for Connected Health
Materials Matter for Connected Health

Technology has always played a central role in healthcare. From microscopes to medical imaging, and from pacemakers to prosthetics, technological breakthroughs throughout history have improved diagnosis,...

Materials Matter for Connected Health
Features : Materials
Reimagining Innovation: Additive Manufacturing
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...

Reimagining Innovation: Additive Manufacturing
Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Regenerative Medicine: 3D Printing Biological Tissue
Regenerative Medicine: 3D Printing Biological Tissue
Fraunhofer Institute
Munich, Germany

The future of medicine is biological — and scientists hope we will soon be using 3D printed biologically functional tissue to replace...

Regenerative Medicine: 3D Printing Biological Tissue
Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
New Products & Services: June 2019 Medical Design Briefs
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...

New Products & Services: June 2019 Medical Design Briefs
R&D : Materials
Soft Tissue Substitute Offers Fewer Side Effects
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...

Soft Tissue Substitute Offers Fewer Side Effects
INSIDER : Materials
Biosensor Detects and Analyzes Colorless and Transparent Biomaterials
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.

Biosensor Detects and Analyzes Colorless and Transparent Biomaterials
Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Design for Manufacturability Improves Articulating Instrument Development
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...

Design for Manufacturability Improves Articulating Instrument Development
Briefs : Medical
‘Origami’ Diagnostic Device Offers Affordable Malaria Diagnoses
‘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...

‘Origami’ Diagnostic Device Offers Affordable Malaria Diagnoses
Briefs : Medical
Why Reel-to-Reel Molding Might Be Right for Medical Components
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.
Why Reel-to-Reel Molding Might Be Right for Medical Components
Briefs : Medical
New Polymer Heart Valves Improve Patient Outcomes
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...

New Polymer Heart Valves Improve Patient Outcomes
Features : Materials
Functional PVD Coatings Improve Medical Device Performance and Life
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...

Functional PVD Coatings Improve Medical Device Performance and Life
Products : Electronics & Computers
New Products & Services: May 2019 Medical Design Briefs
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...

New Products & Services: May 2019 Medical Design Briefs
R&D : Nanotechnology
Temperature-Controlled 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...

Temperature-Controlled Materials
INSIDER : Software
Patch Could Limit Muscle Damage after Heart Attack
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...

Patch Could Limit Muscle Damage after Heart Attack
INSIDER : Materials
Nanocomposite Heart Valve Helps High-Risk Patients
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...

Nanocomposite Heart Valve Helps High-Risk Patients
INSIDER : Markets
4D Printed Materials Show Promise for Tiny Implantables
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...

4D Printed Materials Show Promise for Tiny Implantables
Features : Materials
Advancing the Evolution of Skin-Contact Adhesion Technology
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,...

Advancing the Evolution of Skin-Contact Adhesion Technology
Briefs : Medical
Enhancing Electrode Properties with Laser Restructuring
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...

Enhancing Electrode Properties with Laser Restructuring
Briefs : Wearables
Researchers Develop Long-Lasting Disposable Health Patch
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...

Researchers Develop Long-Lasting Disposable Health Patch

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