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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

R&D: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A portable, thumb-sized device can quickly diagnose bad breath by “sniffing” exhalations.
Global Innovations: Materials

The miniaturization of microelectronic sensor technology, microelectronic robots, and intravascular implants is progressing rapidly. However, it also poses major challenges...

INSIDER: Materials

A flexible polymer composite microneedle array can overcome the physicochemical bacterial biofilm present in chronic, nonhealing wounds and deliver both oxygen and...

Features: Materials
Unique device identifiers, or UDIs, enable better reporting, reviewing, and analyzing of adverse events.
Features: Design
The advent of automatic drug-delivery devices has empowered patients to take their treatments in their own hands.
R&D: Wearables
To make ultraviolet (UV)-detecting wearables, scientists have created a new type of light sensor that is both flexible and highly sensitive.
R&D: Packaging & Sterilization
A coating can be applied to endotracheal tubes and release antimicrobial peptides that target infectious bacteria with specificity.
Technology Leaders: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Small medical electronics are at the forefront of a new round of technology trends involving printed circuit board (PCB) assembly and manufacturing.
Special Reports: Motion Control
Medical Robotics - September 2021

Self-propelled nanobots that deliver drugs inside the human body...novel sensors that improve the safety and precision of industrial robots...a dynamic hydrogel material that makes building soft robotic...

Features: Photonics/Optics
Pulse Technologies has developed a patented technology that uses ultrashort pulse lasers to restructure surfaces in electrode materials and implantables.
Features: Wearables
Advances in hose and tubing manufacturing techniques are supporting new miniaturized devices and wearables.
Features: Tubing & Extrusion
MD&M West brings together medtech engineers, business leaders, and innovative thinkers to create life-changing medical devices.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Reference design kits, smart textiles, thermoplastic elastomers, and more.
Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Touchless switches, biocompatible adhesives, 3D-printing materials, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The device uses soft robotics, ultra-thin electronics, and microfluidics.
Briefs: Materials
The design could lead to conformable wearable monitors to track skin cancer and other conditions.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
A flexible, silk-based coil is sewn on the textile.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Flexible hones enable machining of complex parts with cross-drilled holes.
R&D: Wearables
The fabric-fiber has digital capabilities to collect, store, and analyze data using a neural network.
R&D: Electronics & Computers
Researchers have demonstrated that they can print layers of electrically conductive ink on polyester fabric.
Technology Leaders: Materials
Learn about a polymer material being explored for complex joint prosthesis systems.
News: Medical

A new organic (carbon-based) semiconducting material has been developed that outperforms existing options for building the next generation of biosensors. An international research team led by KAUST is...

White Papers: Medical
Peek and Beyond - Properties and Differences in High Performance Polymers

With decades of experience in extrusion manufacturing, Spectrum understands the challenge of successfully processing high performance and high heat polymers. In select...

Features: Electronics & Computers
Before you select RF components for an MRI machine, make sure you first understand the basic physics of the technology.
Products: Photonics/Optics
EMI filters, plastic optic fibers, power modules, and more.
Products: Imaging
CT software, electric robot, molding material, and more.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The biomedical structures advance the development of new technologies for regrowing bones and tissue.
R&D: Packaging & Sterilization
Researchers have engineered new antimicrobial surfaces that can significantly reduce the formation of bacteria on medical instruments, such as urinary catheters, and reduce the risk of patient infection while in hospital.
R&D: Energy
Researchers report the design and fabrication of single-wall carbon nanotube thermoelectric devices on flexible polyimide substrates as a basis for wearable energy converters.

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