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Advances in materials and manufacturing are leading to better implants, prosthetics, and devices. Browse innovative developments in materials and manufacturing that significantly impact medical device design and production.

R&D: Materials

Experiments by researchers at Rice University, Houston, TX, found that new biocompatible, stable, and inert materials they developed that start as flat slabs can morph into shapes that can be controlled by...

R&D: Medical
Pierced Tongue Used to Control Wheelchair

Powered wheelchair users, paralyzed from the neck down, can control their chair by sipping or puffing air into a straw to execute four basic commands that drive the...

News: Medical
Creating Low Cost 3D Printed Prosthetic Sockets a World Away

A University of Toronto lab is partnering with an international NGO and a Ugandan hospital to use 3D scanning and printing to speed the process of creating and fitting sockets for artificial limbs. While 3D printing has been around for some time, a new generation of fast, cheap 3D...

News: Materials
Adhesive Shows How to Mend a Broken Heart

When babies are born with congenital heart defects, like a hole, time is of the essence to quickly and safely secure a device inside the heart. Sutures take too long and can cause damage to fragile heart tissue, and currently available adhesives are either too toxic or lose their sticking power in the...

News: Medical
Optimized Implant Coatings Can Reduce Infection

A team of researchers at Aalto University, Finland, developed a method to select new surface treatment processes for orthopaedic and dental implants that may reduce the risk of infection. Implants are commonly made from metals, such as titanium alloys, which are made porous during processing used...

R&D: Medical

Researchers at The Ohio State University (OSU), Columbus, and their partners are building a database of new titanium alloys that, they say, will be used to reduce the stress that pins, plates,...

R&D: Medical

A new headpiece for brain stimulation technique, designed by engineers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, may considerably improve treatment of tough cases of depression. Computer simulations have...

Products: Medical

Arkema Inc., King of Prussia, PA, introduces Kynar Rx® 752 polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) copolymer for use in minimally invasive medical catheters exposed to bodily fluids for...

Products: Electronics & Computers

Linear Technology Corpora tion, Milpitas, CA, announces the LTC2943 multicell battery gas gauge, which makes direct measurements of 3.6V to 20V battery stacks. The LTC2943 is a true high voltage gas gauge that measures...

Products: Electronics & Computers

Coilcraft CPS, Cary, IL, has released its new AE425PJB Series of low-profile power inductors that are just 1.8mm high with a footprint of 3.9mm square. It features a special suspended core construction,...

Products: Materials

Master Bond Inc., Hackensack, NJ, formulated EP79FL with a silver- coated nickel filler, as a twopart, electrically conductive epoxy for bonding, sealing, and coating applications. It has low volume...

Products: Electronics & Computers

Stackpole Electronics Inc., Raleigh, NC, announces that its surface mount metal film MELFs, the MLF and MLFM Series offers cooler operating temperatures at full rated power. The cylindrical shape provides a termination...

Products: Medical

Thomas Division, Sheboygan, WI, announces that its Model 1420 miniature diaphragm pump with an innovative twin-head design achieves higher flows than conventional standard diaphragm pumps of the same...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Zero-Max, Inc., Plymouth, MN, precision machined ServoClass couplings are available with hub taper adapters for use on servo motors with tapered shafts in high speed applications. The hub adapters fit precisely in the...

Products: Motion Control

Amacoil, Inc., Aston, PA, released a linear speed control option for Model RG rolling ring linear drives that lets users fix a specific speed in one or both directions. Medical equipment designers may...

Products: Photonics/Optics

KD Scientific, Holliston, MA, introduces its new Allegro Peristaltic Pump System, the only touch screen peristaltic pump that displays flow rate, dispensed volume, and flow direction. This innovative new pumping...

Products: Electronics & Computers

XP Power, Sunnyvale, CA, announces its ECP180 series of low profile high efficiency “green power” open frame 180 Watt AC-DC power supplies. The medically approved units have an average active mode efficiency...

Products: Medical

Littelfuse, Inc., Chicago, IL, annnounces the SE Series of Gas Discharge Tube (GDT) devices in a miniature EIA 1206 package, making it the smallest GDT device on the market. The ultra-low capacitance helps ensure...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Kaman Precision Products, Colorado Springs, CO, introduces the first eddy current sensor for position/displacement/ proximity sensing with a self tuning bridge, eliminating the need to connect...

Products: Medical

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions, Waterbury, CT, announces its latest addition to the IDEA Drive™ line of sophisticated stepper motor controllers. The RoHS-compliant PCM4806E drive allows an encoder input to...

Products: Materials

EOS, Novi, MI, is expanding its portfolio of additive manufacturing metals with NickelAlloy HX. The heatand corrosion-resistant nickel- chrome-iron-molybdenum alloy has a high degree of strength and resistance to...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Goodfellow Corporation, Coraopolis, PA, introduces a new line of glass capillary tubes available with inner diameters as small as 0.005mm and in a range of materials that can be sterilized, are inert, and are...

Features: Medical

The cardiovascular device market is growing, with research forecasting that the cardiac implant medical device market alone will exceed $27 billion...

Technology Leaders: Materials

We’ve all learned in Wire & Cable 101 that poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) reigns supreme for its low cost, high temperature ranges, and multipurpose...

News: Medical
Recycled Plastic Can Kill Drug-Resistant Fungi

Researchers at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore, and California's IBM Research - Almaden (IBM) have discovered a new, potentially life-saving application for polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is...

News: Materials
NIST Announces New Center for Materials Research

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) selected a consortium led by Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, to establish a new NIST-sponsored center of excellence for advanced materials research. The new Center for Hierarchical Materials Design (CHiMaD) also includes the...

News: Medical
The Engineering Behind Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing is a method of making 3D objects by building up material, layer upon layer, using a digital design. And, the number of technologies customized and created using additive manufacturing processes is growing each year. But did you know that many of the foundational techniques for...

News: Materials
Testing Plastics in Real Time

Plastics can be made scratch-proof and flame-proof, or given antibacterial properties through the addition of nano-sized additives mixed in with the pellets of plastic during the manufacturing process. However, the particle distribution within the plastic compound must be absolutely precise. A new device being...

News: FDA/Regulatory
Proposed ASTM Standard on Collagen-Based Products

ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), West Conshohocken, PA, has proposed a new international standard to be used in the design, development, quality control, and comparison of a variety of collagen-based medical products, including surgical...

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