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.

Latest Briefs & News

Briefs : Medical
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
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,...

R&D : Materials
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...

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...

Products : Materials
Product Focus: Materials

Alloys

RTP Company, Winona, MN, has released a group of proprietary alloys that are formulated for the design and manufacture of hospital equipment and plastic housings that require frequent disinfection....

Features : Materials
Tubing and Hose Buying: Top 20 Tips

It can be challenging to make sure you've covered all the bases during the tubing and hose selection process for medical instrumentation. For each application, there are many elements to consider,...

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...

Features : Medical
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...

Briefs : Medical
Process Developed to 3D Print Piezoelectric Materials

The piezoelectric materials that inhabit everything from our cell phones to musical greeting cards may be getting an upgrade thanks to work discussed in the journal Nature Materials....

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Electrocutting and Mechanical Cutting for Endoscopic Applications

Even the simplest medical cable assembly projects contain numerous engineering considerations. And among the most complex applications, the quantity of requirements can...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
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...

INSIDER : Materials
New Material May Be Biomedical Breakthrough

Researchers a new kind of shape memory polymer that could have major implications for healthcare. The polymer can change its shape in response to exposure to enzymes and is compatible with living...

News : Markets
Trelleborg Acquires Sil-Pro, Expands Product Line

With the recent acquisition of Minnesota based Sil-Pro, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has expanded its product and service offering in the healthcare and medical industry. The acquisition of...

INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Graphene Implants Record Low-Level Electrical Brain Activity

A newly developed graphene-based implant can record electrical activity in the brain at extremely low frequencies and over large areas, unlocking the wealth of information found...

Briefs : Medical
Using Graphene to Detect ALS and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases

The wonders of graphene are numerous. It can enable flexible electronic components, enhance solar cell capacity, filter the finest subatomic particles, and revolutionize...

R&D : Materials
New ‘Smart’ Material Has Potential Biomedical Applications

Researchers have shown a way to use graphene oxide (GO) to add some backbone to hydrogel materials made from alginate, a natural material derived from seaweed that is currently...

Products : Medical
Product of the Month: February 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Implant-Grade 3D Printing Material

Evonik, Essen, Germany, has developed a polymer filament based on PEEK (polyether ether ketone) in implant-grade quality for use as a 3D...

Features : Materials
Medical Device Design: The Importance of Thoughtful Adhesive Selection

Selecting an adhesive when designing a wearable medical device is not a trivial exercise. Too often the adhesive selection process is executed with the mindset “tape is...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Manufacturing: Tooling Up for Success

In the medical industry, metal parts play an integral role in a vast array of diagnostic, testing, medical instruments, and equipment. Although certain complex metal parts can only be machined, thinner...

R&D : Medical
Photonic Radiation Sensors Survive Huge Doses Undamaged

Landmark test results suggest a promising class of sensors can be used in high-radiation environments and to advance important medical, industrial, and research applications.

Features : Materials
Design for Manufacturing: Tips for Molding Components in Silicone

Device functionality is usually the starting point when designing devices. Another element that needs to be considered when designing devices and their subsequent components...

Features : Materials
Special Metals Make Unparalleled Medical Devices Possible

Around the world, people are living longer with more active lifestyles thanks to continuing advancements in medical technology. This evolution in technology stems from the development...

Features : Medical
Electrical and Antibacterial Hydrogel Developed for Brain Implants
University of the Basque Country
Leioa, Spain
www.ehu.eus/en

Hydrogels with electrical and antibacterial properties suitable for neural interfaces have...

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