Materials & Manufacturing

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.

INSIDER : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Compact Mechanisms Show Promise for Medical Devices

A new technology allows engineers to build complex mechanisms into the exterior of a structure without taking up any actual space below the surface. The new class is called developable...

INSIDER : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printing Method Creates Objects in One Piece

A new high-speed 3D printing method beams a three-dimensional video into a container of photosensitive resin. The video plays while the container rotates for a few minutes — then the fluid...

INSIDER : Medical
3D Printed Implants Created from Biodegradable Material

Researchers have discovered that cellulose nanocrystals in a viscous state can easily be shaped together with other biopolymers into complex three-dimensional structures using a 3D...

News : Packaging & Sterilization
Medbio Expands Manufacturing Capacity

Medbio, Grand Rapids, MI, has opened a second manufacturing facility. The company is an outsource manufacturer offering design and engineering, manufacturing, assembly, and packaging solutions for the...

INSIDER : Medical
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...

Products : RF & Microwave Electronics
New Products & Services: February 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Board-to Board Connector

A miniature board-to-board connector from Hirose, Downers Grove, IL, combines a rugged design with transmission speeds of more than 10 Gpbs to...

Features : Materials
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...

Briefs : Medical
Predicting Leaky Heart Valves with 3D Printing

More than one in eight people aged 75 and older in the United States develop moderate-to-severe blockage of the aortic valve in their hearts, usually caused by calcified deposits that build up...

Briefs : Materials
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 : Medical
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 : Medical
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...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Vander-Bend Acquires J.L. Haley Enterprises

Vander-Bend Manufacturing, Inc., a portfolio company of Aterian Investment Partners based in San Jose, CA, has acquired J.L. Haley Enterprises, Inc. Based in Rancho Cordova, CA, Haley is a niche...

INSIDER : Medical
MD&M West Adds New Features for 2019, Including Interactive Design Workshops

In 2019, MD&M West is bringing in several new features to help attendees optimize their time at the show. Features range from a career zone to a design dome,...

White Papers : Test & Measurement
Choosing a CM: Find The Best Match by Asking the Right Questions

“Quality is often defined in manufacturing as a measure of excellence or a state of being free from defects, deficiencies, and/or variations. It is brought about by a consistent committed focus on process excellence and adhering to established standards to develop and achieve the...

White Papers : Materials
Understanding Low Outgassing Adhesives

Engineers often want to know whether an adhesive is low outgassing or generic. And while there are cases when nothing but a low outgassing product will do, the truth is that many so-called generic adhesives inherently have low outgassing levels. What's more, most bonding, potting, encapsulation and sealing...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month: January 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Ultrasonic Welding Platform

Emerson, Danbury, CT, has launched a highly configurable ultrasonic welding platform. The Branson GSX is a modular system that enables users to...

Features : Design
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...

R&D : Manufacturing & Prototyping
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 : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Customizing Implants With 3D Image Processing

Long-term patient comfort is a key part in any implant surgeries. Accurate placements of implants, of knees, hips, and other medical devices, is crucial to reducing the risk of discomfort and the...

Features : Medical
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...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Low-Cost Plastic Sensors Could Monitor a Range of Health Conditions

An international team of researchers have developed a low-cost sensor made from semiconducting plastic that can be used to diagnose or monitor a wide range of health...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D-Printed Implants Shown to Help Grow 'Real Bone'

Researchers have reported that chemically coated ceramic implants successfully guided the regrowth of missing bone in lab animals while steadily dissolving. Surgeons and scientists at NYU...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Engineers Explore Microfluidics with LEGO Bricks

MIT engineers have introduced an element of fun into microfluidics. The field of microfluidics involves minute devices that precisely manipulate fluids at submillimeter scales. Such devices typically take the form of flat, two-dimensional chips, etched with tiny channels and ports that are...

INSIDER : Medical
Improving Liquid Silicone Rubber Productivity Without Post-Curing

To fulfill regulatory requirements, articles made from liquid silicone rubber must be post-cured, particularly if they are intended for sensitive applications. With a new...

White Papers : Materials
Solve Your Co-Molding Adhesion Challenges with Momentive’s Self-Bonding LSRs

Many available thermoplastics (substrates) create adhesion challenges when co-molded with silicone elastomers. This white paper will explore Momentive’s solution to this design challenge: the Silopren* LSR47x9 liquid silicone rubber series. A robust self-bonding...

R&D : Medical
Origami, 3D Printing Make Complex Structures

By merging the ancient art of origami with 21st century technology, researchers have created a one-step approach to fabricating complex origami structures whose light weight, expandability, and...

Products : Electronics & Computers
New Products and Services: December 2018 Medical Design Briefs

Medical Power Supply

Bear Power Supplies, Phelps, NY, has designed a CF-rated medical power supply for surgical instruments and other medical applications. The rugged...

R&D : Materials
Smart Surfaces for Safer Implants

Researchers have engineered surface coatings that can repel everything, such as bacteria, viruses, and living cells, but can be modified to permit beneficial exceptions. The discovery holds significant...

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