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Get an overview of the global medical robots market. Visit this Medical Design Briefs Robotics and Automation Hub to receive news, expert advice, and essential information – from the history of medical robots to the technologies of tomorrow.

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White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
The Inside Story on Proper Pump Selection for Medical Device Applications

For surgical procedures requiring irrigation, pumps are one of the more significant medical device components, and pump selection is paramount to operational success....

News: Medical

Focusing on the future of healthcare, Mark Wehde, chair of Mayo Clinic division of engineering, will present the keynote at MD&M Minneapolis, Nov. 2. He will examine at the...

News: Medical

Medtech moves fast … especially in a healthcare hub like Minnesota. Keep the pace with the latest innovations and immerse yourself in a community of visionaries and industry leaders....

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

A newly developed 3D printing technique could be used to cost-effectively produce customized electronic “machines” the size of insects, enabling advanced applications in robotics, medical...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

A new type of prosthetic using microfluidics-enabled soft robotics promises to greatly reduce skin ulcerations and pain in patients who have had an amputation between the ankle...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

A medical robotic system uses an external magnetic field to precisely and remotely control guidewires through tiny and tortuous blood vessels. The system, following further...

Features: Robotics, Automation & Control

On October 2021, MassRobotics, Festo, and other key players in healthcare robotics, launched a Startup Catalyst Program to advance healthcare...

INSIDER: Medical

Working closely with users and therapists, researchers have developed a light and easy-to-attach hand exoskeleton for people unable to grasp objects following a stroke or...

Technology Leaders: Robotics, Automation & Control

The primary aim for Harmonic Bionics is to empower patients and care providers by designing intelligent technology that facilitated a data-driven treatment protocol...

Applications: Manufacturing & Prototyping

As the cost of shrink tubing used in the production of catheters has increased, and supply chain issues caused delivery delays, FEP shrink tubing, for example, has become a very expensive...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

A telerobotic system helps surgeons quickly and remotely treat patients experiencing a stroke or aneurysm. With a modified joystick, surgeons in one hospital may control a...

White Papers: Software
Culturally Shifting to Smart Medical Device Manufacturing

With current world conditions adversely impacting markets and exerting unprecedented pressures on medical device manufacturers, the journey towards smart manufacturing is essential to...

INSIDER: Medical

A nanofiber-based biodegradable millirobot, called Fibot, can move in the intestines and degrade in response to the pH of its environment, thus releasing different drugs in different...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

A soft robotic sleeve controlled with a microfluidic chip reduces treatment cost, weight, and power consumption. The prototype is more portable than previous devices, and the underlying...

INSIDER: Medical

A more accurate, less-invasive technology allows amputees to move a robotic arm using their brain signals instead of their muscles. Researchers have created a small, implantable...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
MISUMI Fills in the Gaps for Gener8

Gener8, a leading contract design and manufacturing company, was tasked with creating the first commercially available digital genome engineering platform for a customer. The project required the use of...

News: Manufacturing & Prototyping

The all-new IM Engineering South is dubbed the “six-in-one advanced design and manufacturing expo,” which includes MD&M South. The event, which takes place June 14–16, is designed to give...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Accelerate Automation: NSK Compact FA Ball Screws

NSK’s space-saving, ready-to-install Compact FA ball screws are the ideal solution for high speed, low noise linear positioning for precision-critical applications. The Compact FA series...

Products: Medical
Valve Manifolds

Ethernet protocols and IO-link connectivity options are available for a valve manifold series from Norgren, Littleton, CO. The VR Series now includes Ethernet/IP, PROFINET, EtherCAT, and...

R&D: Medical

A robot can reach some of the smallest bronchial tubes in the lungs — to take tissue samples or deliver cancer therapy. Known as a magnetic tentacle robot, it measures just 2 mm in diameter.

INSIDER: Design

Put your brick-building skills to the test at MD&M West as you design and construct robots with movable parts to battle it out in the arena. The last bot standing wins. Hosted by master builder...

Special Reports: Photonics/Optics
Medical Robotics - April 2022

Novel biosensors set to revolutionize brain-controlled robotics...micro-robots propelled by air bubbles...a smart artificial hand...major advances in exoskeleton technology. These are just a few of the medical...

From the Editor: Medical
2021 definitely hinted at a successful future for medtech, says MDB Editor Sherrie Trigg.
INSIDER: Medical

The medtech field is undergoing another year of volatility as challenges born during the pandemic persist. Yet, the industry is seeing an infusion of innovation,...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

A fluid pump driven by electrochemical reactions is simple, lightweight, and silent, and it enables self-sensing actuation, with potential applications in wearable technology....

INSIDER: Wearables

Low-cost jelly-like materials can sense strain, temperature, and humidity. And unlike earlier self-healing robots, they can also partially repair themselves...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Harvard and Boston University have been awarded a grant of $3 million from the State House to support the development of next-generation robotics and wearable...

INSIDER: Medical

Researchers have replaced the traditional blood pressure procedure by replicating the folding mechanisms of the leech in their design of 3-D printable origami sensors. The...

INSIDER: Medical

An innovative human-machine interface (HMI) system, which consists of flexible, multi-layered electronic skin, provides both visual and haptic feedback to users. The system can teleoperate the robot to...

Inside Story

Rapid Precision Prototyping Program Speeds Medtech Product Development

Rapid prototyping technologies play an important role in supporting new product development (NPD) by companies that are working to bring novel and innovative products to market. But in advanced industries where products often make use of multiple technologies, and where meeting a part’s exacting tolerances is essential, speed without precision is rarely enough. In such advanced manufacturing—including the medical device and surgical robotics industries — the ability to produce high-precision prototypes early in the development cycle can be critical for meeting design expectations and bringing finished products to market efficiently.

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