Materials & Manufacturing

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 : Manufacturing & Prototyping
New Products and Services: January 2020 Medical Design Briefs
New Products and Services: January 2020 Medical Design Briefs

External PSUs

XP Power, Tokyo, Japan, has released two series of external power supplies that are intended for modern medical applications, including safety approvals for...

New Products and Services: January 2020 Medical Design Briefs
Briefs : Medical
Double-Sided Tape for Tissues Could Replace Surgical Sutures
Double-Sided Tape for Tissues Could Replace Surgical Sutures

Inspired by a sticky substance that spiders use to catch their prey, MIT engineers have designed a double-sided tape that can rapidly seal tissues together.

Double-Sided Tape for Tissues Could Replace Surgical Sutures
INSIDER : Medical
Adding Copper Strengthens 3D Printed Titanium
Adding Copper Strengthens 3D Printed Titanium

Successful trials of titanium-copper alloys for 3D printing could kickstart a new range of high-performance alloys for medical device and other applications.

Adding Copper Strengthens 3D Printed Titanium
INSIDER : Medical
New Coating Prevents Infection in Synthetic Vascular Grafts
New Coating Prevents Infection in Synthetic Vascular Grafts

A new coating prevents clotting and infection in synthetic vascular grafts, while also accelerating the body’s own process for integrating the grafted vessels. Variants of the...

New Coating Prevents Infection in Synthetic Vascular Grafts
Briefs : Medical
New Silk Materials Can Wrinkle into Detailed Patterns, Then Unwrinkle to Be “Reprinted”
New Silk Materials Can Wrinkle into Detailed Patterns, Then Unwrinkle to Be “Reprinted”

Researchers at Tufts University School of Engineering have developed silk materials that can wrinkle into highly detailed patterns — including...

New Silk Materials Can Wrinkle into Detailed Patterns, Then Unwrinkle to Be “Reprinted”
R&D : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Artificial Skin Creates Ticklish Devices
Artificial Skin Creates Ticklish Devices

A new interface takes touch technology to the next level by providing an artificial skin-like membrane for augmenting interactive devices such as phones, wearables, or computers.

Artificial Skin Creates Ticklish Devices
Features : Medical
Innovations in Orthopedic Elastomers Enhance Durability and Appearance
Innovations in Orthopedic Elastomers Enhance Durability and Appearance

The history of silicone rubber is synonymous with advancements in medical materials. Silicones, a family of biocompatible elastomers, provide an attractive balance of...

Innovations in Orthopedic Elastomers Enhance Durability and Appearance
R&D : Manufacturing & Prototyping
New 3D Printing Technique for Biomaterials
New 3D Printing Technique for Biomaterials

A new technique could be used to print soft biomaterials that could be used to repair defects in the body. The method offers an alternative to existing techniques that use gels that have been minced...

New 3D Printing Technique for Biomaterials
Features : Tubing & Extrusion
Effects of Tube Processing on the Fatigue Life of Nitinol: Part 2
Effects of Tube Processing on the Fatigue Life of Nitinol: Part 2

The long-term structural integrity of the substrate is critical for the development of medical devices approved for demanding cardiovascular applications such as transcatheter...

Effects of Tube Processing on the Fatigue Life of Nitinol: Part 2
Features : Materials
Bioresorbable Patch Offers New Alternative for Arterial Healing
Bioresorbable Patch Offers New Alternative for Arterial Healing

When a patient experiences 70 percent or greater stenosis in the carotid artery — a condition that can cause lack of cerebral blood flow, stroke, and in some cases, death —...

Bioresorbable Patch Offers New Alternative for Arterial Healing
R&D : Materials
Researchers Compare Shape-Memory Alloys
Researchers Compare Shape-Memory Alloys

Researchers have compared two copper-based SMAs of the same composition but fabricated differently. After annealing, the samples were cooled at different rates. Then both samples were heated inside the...

Researchers Compare Shape-Memory Alloys
Products : Tubing & Extrusion
New Products & Services: December 2019 Medical Design Briefs
New Products & Services: December 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Composite Tubing

Polygon, Walkerton, IN, has released a high-performance composite tubing for surgical applications. PolyMed® composite tubing is ideal for...

New Products & Services: December 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Vote for the 2019 Annual Readers’ Choice Awards
Vote for the 2019 Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

Each month, the editors of Medical Design Briefs choose a Product of the Month that has exceptional technical merit and practical value for MDB's design engineering readers.

Vote for the 2019 Annual Readers’ Choice Awards
INSIDER : Materials
New Printing Technique Produces ‘Living’ 4D Materials
New Printing Technique Produces ‘Living’ 4D Materials

Researchers have successfully merged 3D/4D printing with a chemical process to produce “living” resin, which has huge potential for applications including biomedicine. The new...

New Printing Technique Produces ‘Living’ 4D Materials
INSIDER : Medical
New Device Offers Unprecedented Accuracy for Eye Surgery
New Device Offers Unprecedented Accuracy for Eye Surgery

Scientists have helped develop a microscopic glass device that doctors could use to inject medicine into retinal veins with unprecedented accuracy. Their instrument meets an important...

New Device Offers Unprecedented Accuracy for Eye Surgery
Products : Materials
New Products & Services: November 2019 Medical Design Briefs
New Products & Services: November 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Additives

Color and additive concentrates from PolyOne, Avon Lake, NH, help manufacturers design and manufacture parts that appear to be covered with fabric, but without...

New Products & Services: November 2019 Medical Design Briefs
R&D : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Implantables to Augment Missing Body Tissue
Implantables to Augment Missing Body Tissue

Kanfit3D has entered into a joint research partnership with the University of Brescia (Italy). The project will develop unique implantable structures, using additive layer manufacturing (ALM)...

Implantables to Augment Missing Body Tissue
R&D : Materials
Nylon Provides Building Block for Electronic Devices
Nylon Provides Building Block for Electronic Devices

Thin nylon films are several 100 times thinner than human hair and could thus be attractive for applications in bendable electronic devices or for electronics in clothing. The researchers...

Nylon Provides Building Block for Electronic Devices
R&D : Medical
Hydrogel Fights Orthopedic Bone Infections
Hydrogel Fights Orthopedic Bone Infections

Researchers have a developed a double-duty hydrogel that both attacks the bacteria and encourages bone regrowth with a single application containing two active components.

Hydrogel Fights Orthopedic Bone Infections
Briefs : Materials
Researchers Develop Eco-Friendly Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives
Researchers Develop Eco-Friendly Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives

Chemical engineering researchers at Oregon State University have developed a vegetable-oil-based adhesive that could provide an eco-friendly option in making items such as...

Researchers Develop Eco-Friendly Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives
Features : Materials
A Strip You Can Rely On: Tips for Designing Blood Glucose Test Strips
A Strip You Can Rely On: Tips for Designing Blood Glucose Test Strips

When it comes to diabetes management, accurate blood glucose readings are paramount. And when it comes to generating accurate readings, the quality of the test strip is...

A Strip You Can Rely On: Tips for Designing Blood Glucose Test Strips
Global Innovations : Materials
Hydrogel Adhesive Helps in Wound Healing
Hydrogel Adhesive Helps in Wound Healing

Cuts, scrapes, blisters, burns, splinters, and punctures — there are a number of ways our skin can be broken. Most treatments for skin wounds involve simply placing a barrier over them (usually an...

Hydrogel Adhesive Helps in Wound Healing
Products : Medical
Product of the Month: October 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Product of the Month: October 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Materials Resource Guide

I.W. Tremont, Hawthorne, NJ, has released an updated Diagnostic Device Materials Guide. The recently revised guide contains technical information as...

Product of the Month: October 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Products : Materials
New Products & Services: October 2019 Medical Design Briefs
New Products & Services: October 2019 Medical Design Briefs

UV-LED Light Engines

Innovations in Optics, Woburn, MA, offers high-power, UV LED light engines. The LumiBright™ UV-LED Light Engines feature UV die arrays bonded on...

New Products & Services: October 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Features : Medical
3 Areas of Innovation for Combination Medical Products
3 Areas of Innovation for Combination Medical Products

The combination of drugs with medical devices has the potential to take patient care in an entirely new direction. The power of these products is that they can deliver a precise amount...

3 Areas of Innovation for Combination Medical Products
Global Innovations : Materials
Conductive Textiles Connect Multiple Wearables
Conductive Textiles Connect Multiple Wearables

Researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have invented a completely new way for wearable devices to interconnect. They incorporated conductive textiles into clothing to...

Conductive Textiles Connect Multiple Wearables

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