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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 : Materials
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
Features : Tubing & Extrusion
Reducing Risk with Geometric Transition Extrusion
Reducing Risk with Geometric Transition Extrusion

In an effort to design smaller, more intricate and complicated medical devices without running afoul of increasingly stringent national and international regulations, many designers are...

Reducing Risk with Geometric Transition Extrusion
Products : Medical
Product of the Month: September 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Product of the Month: September 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Composite Medical Tubing

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

Product of the Month: September 2019 Medical Design Briefs
INSIDER : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Indirect 4D Printing: How to Make the World’s Smallest Stent
Indirect 4D Printing: How to Make the World’s Smallest Stent

Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a new method for producing malleable microstructures, including vascular stents that are 40 times smaller than previously possible.

Indirect 4D Printing: How to Make the World’s Smallest Stent
Features : Materials
Effects of Tube Processing on the Fatigue Life of Nitinol: Part 1
Effects of Tube Processing on the Fatigue Life of Nitinol: Part 1

With medical devices approved for more demanding cardiovascular applications such as transcatheter aortic and mitral valve repair (TAVR/TMVR), the long-term structural...

Effects of Tube Processing on the Fatigue Life of Nitinol: Part 1
Products : Medical
Product Focus: Molding
Product Focus: Molding

Hypodermic Needle Manufacturing

Moldworx, Gilbert, AZ, has automated the production of hypodermic needles using the overmolding process to reduce costs and improve productivity. The company has expertise in...

Product Focus: Molding
News : Medical
Kaysun Receives MedAccred Accreditation
Kaysun Receives MedAccred Accreditation

Kaysun Corporation, Manitowoc, WI, has received its MedAccred Plastics accreditation. Kaysun is one of only a few injection molders in the United States that holds this certification. MedAccred, an...

Kaysun Receives MedAccred Accreditation
Products : Tubing & Extrusion
Product Focus June 2019: Tubing
Product Focus June 2019: Tubing

Catheter Tie Layer

Zeus, Orangeburg, SC, offers a thin thermoplastic coating that is placed over a PTFE liner during catheter construction. The Zeus Tie Layer creates a melt bondable surface that...

Product Focus June 2019: Tubing
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
Features : Medical
Digital Manufacturing Helps Medtech Firm's Goal to Improve Patient Outcomes
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...

Digital Manufacturing Helps Medtech Firm's Goal to Improve Patient Outcomes
Features : Medical
Tubing and Hose Buying: Top 20 Tips
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,...

Tubing and Hose Buying: Top 20 Tips
Technology Leaders : Tubing & Extrusion
High-Consistency Rubber Provides Versatility for Medical Device Manufacturing
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...

High-Consistency Rubber Provides Versatility for Medical Device Manufacturing
Features : Design
Design for Manufacturing: Tips for Molding Components in Silicone
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...

Design for Manufacturing: Tips for Molding Components in Silicone
Briefs : Tubing & Extrusion
Metal Tubing Offers Flexibility for Disposable Devices
Metal Tubing Offers Flexibility for Disposable Devices

Traditional handheld surgical tools continue to provide benefits where surgeons need instruments to be more rigid and have strong holding power to withstand complex procedures. The...

Metal Tubing Offers Flexibility for Disposable Devices
Briefs : Materials
How Second Stage Speed Influences the Molding Process
How Second Stage Speed Influences the Molding Process

Hold speed or hold velocity? How many machines today have it, and what does it do to the process?

How Second Stage Speed Influences the Molding Process
Features : Materials
Ensuring Injection Molding Quality for Medical Devices
Ensuring Injection Molding Quality for Medical Devices

Plastics are incredibly versatile. There are thousands of types available to satisfy a myriad of medical applications. Yet, certain plastics present special challenges during the...

Ensuring Injection Molding Quality for Medical Devices
Features : Tubing & Extrusion
Getting the Most from Your Extrusion Tooling
Getting the Most from Your Extrusion Tooling

By utilizing state-of-the-art production equipment and processes, machining tolerances are held extremely close on today's multi-lumen and multilayer medical tubing. It is important to note that...

Getting the Most from Your Extrusion Tooling
Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Digital Manufacturing Helps Revolutionize Surgical Stapler
Digital Manufacturing Helps Revolutionize Surgical Stapler

Modern science has allowed surgeons to fix the human body amazingly fast yet leave behind only small traces where repairs were performed. One of the more commonly used methods to...

Digital Manufacturing Helps Revolutionize Surgical Stapler
Features : Materials
Peelable Heat Shrinkable Tubing Enables Next-Gen Miniaturization
Peelable Heat Shrinkable Tubing Enables Next-Gen Miniaturization

When it comes to the cardiovascular procedures, small is indeed beautiful. With the need for minimally invasive procedures and increasing moves to deliver therapies to...

Peelable Heat Shrinkable Tubing Enables Next-Gen Miniaturization
News : Materials
Cadence Expands, Adds New PEEK Machining, Molding Capabilities

Cadence, Stauton, VA, recently completed the expansion of its machining capabilities to include polyetheretherketone (PEEK) machining and molding capabilities as the use of PEEK components continues to rise in implantable medical devices.

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Two-Component Molding Can Solve Medical Design Challenges and Reduce Costs
Two-Component Molding Can Solve Medical Design Challenges and Reduce Costs

Device manufacturers count on their supply chain partners for answers. What can be adjusted, how can we add value, and what methods can be used to streamline...

Two-Component Molding Can Solve Medical Design Challenges and Reduce Costs
News : Medical
Heat Shrink Innovations Granted License to Use Junkosha's Peelable Heat Shrink Tubing Technologies
Heat Shrink Innovations Granted License to Use Junkosha's Peelable Heat Shrink Tubing Technologies

Materials specialist and pioneer of peelable heat shrink tubing (PHST) technology, Junkosha Inc., has initiated a license agreement with...

Heat Shrink Innovations Granted License to Use Junkosha's Peelable Heat Shrink Tubing Technologies
Features : Tubing & Extrusion
Adapting Prototyping to Meet Rapid Advances in Medical Device Designs
Adapting Prototyping to Meet Rapid Advances in Medical Device Designs

Rapid prototyping has long played a vital role in the evolution of medical device technology. Effectively applied during a product's early design stages, it can generate...

Adapting Prototyping to Meet Rapid Advances in Medical Device Designs
Features : Tubing & Extrusion
Microextrusion Tubing Advances Help Push Medical Device Boundaries
Microextrusion Tubing Advances Help Push Medical Device Boundaries

Over the past five years, technological advances have enabled product applications for microextrusion to penetrate into the medical OEM arena. Simply speaking, micro now...

Microextrusion Tubing Advances Help Push Medical Device Boundaries
News : Tubing & Extrusion
Gel Coating May Lead to Better Catheters, IV Lines, and Surgical Tubing
Gel Coating May Lead to Better Catheters, IV Lines, and Surgical Tubing

Catheters, intravenous lines, and other types of surgical tubing are a medical necessity for managing a wide range of diseases, but a patient's experience with such...

Gel Coating May Lead to Better Catheters, IV Lines, and Surgical Tubing

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