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News: Design
3D Systems and Stryker Partner to Advance Personalized Surgery

3D Systems and Stryker have announced an exclusive distribution partnership for VSP® (Virtual Surgical Planning) and anatomical models for the craniomaxillofacial specialty. According to the companies, the partnership will drive the availability of personalized surgical...

Researchers have developed a new class of soft, electrically activated devices capable of mimicking the expansion and contraction of natural muscles. These devices, which can be...

In tests, a swarm of robots measuring a few millionths of a meter long — about the size of a blood cell — were guided magnetically to sites in the stomach of rats. The robots were manufactured by...

The field of soft robotics has made leaps and bounds over the last decade as researchers worldwide have experimented with different materials and designs to allow once rigid, jerky machines to...

The integration of robotics into medical devices has seen explosive growth in recent years with new applications in areas such as prosthetics and...

The AMRC Integrated Manufacturing Group (IMG) has opened a new facility designed to enable smaller companies to more easily conduct research into machining and assembly...

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems have developed a soft gripping system that uses differential air pressure and a gecko-inspired...

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Using Robots in Patient Rehabilitation

Researchers have begun to discover preferences in human-robot interactions and the need to personalize those encounters to fit both the human’s preferences and the designated task. The researchers tested user preferences when interacting with a robot on a joint movement task as a first step toward...

Features: Medical
The Promise of Asimov Robots in Medical Manufacturing

Most people are aware of the newest developments and the latest generation of robots and artificial intelligence (AI). Much has been made of how these things will bring changes to manufacturing and will impact jobs. Medical device manufacturing can clearly benefit as much as any industry with...

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Tampere University of Technology (TUT), and Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) have established a joint digital factory demo in the Smart...

A biopsy robot made from 3D printed plastic can be used in an MRI scanner. The advantage of plastic is that the robot can carry out a biopsy (removing a piece of tissue) during a breast cancer scan...

Researchers have developed a hybrid rigid-soft robotic arm for endoscopes with integrated sensing, flexibility, and multiple degrees of freedom. This arm — built using a...

A team of surgeons and engineers from Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, and the ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, University of Bern, Switzerland, have developed a...

Features: Software
Open Core Engineering: New Freedom for Machine Automation Programming

The increasing sophistication and complexity of medical devices is compounded by strict regulatory requirements that demand systems that can produce consistent, repeatable results. Automation has been key to achieving these goals while maximizing output and minimizing...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Soft Robot Offers New Treatment Option for Heart Failure

Harvard University and Boston Children's Hospital researchers have developed a customizable soft robot that fits around a heart and helps it beat, potentially opening new treatment...

Features: Design
Fixating on Innovation: A Revolution in Spinal Fusion Surgery

When a person suffers from degenerative disc disease, spine trauma, or cancer of the spine, the result is decreased stability that can produce pain — often severe — during normal activities. Surgeons will first attempt conservative measures such as cortisone injections and...

Applications: Robotics, Automation & Control
Improving Outcomes: 3D Printed Models for Simulating Surgery

The Department of Neurological Surgery at St. Louis University has partnered with the university's School of Engineering to begin quantifying how advanced manufacturing practices such as 3D printing can enhance the training as well as the surgical practice for neurosurgeons. The...

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Skin-Graft System Improves Healing of Chronic Wounds

According to the National Institutes of Health, more than six million cases of chronic wounds cost $20 billion each year in the United States. Diabetic ulcers, pressure sores, surgical site wounds, and traumatic injuries to high-risk patients account for most wounds that do not heal. Data from...

Technology Leaders: Medical
Mari: Precision Technology for Successful Surgery

Besides radiotherapy and chemotherapy, the standard procedure for treating brain tumors includes the surgical removal of all or some of the growth. This surgery calls for precision and perfection — both from the surgeon and the instruments, because knowledge and skill alone do not determine the...

Most robots achieve grasping and tactile sensing through motorized means, which can be excessively bulky and rigid. A group of researchers has devised a way for a soft robot to feel its...

Researchers have developed a technology that uses computed tomography (CT) data to generate in real time a 3D image of the anatomical structures of the part of the body undergoing...

A DARPA-funded research team has demonstrated for the first time in a human a technology that allows an individual to experience the sensation of touch directly in the...

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Yale Startup 'Advances' Guidewire Placement

A device from Yale University researchers aims to simplify the process of placing a central venous catheter, or central line, in patients. The Ballistra Guidewire Advancer allows the physician to insert a guidewire with one hand and continuously monitor the location of the needle tip via ultrasound....

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Researchers Create Customized Proteins from 'Bacterial Builders'

Researchers from Wyss Institute have revealed a scalable method for building biomaterials from protein structures known as "amyloids." Ongoing work in the lab will focus on fabricating a wide variety of materials, including hydrogels that can interface with the body.

Nontoxic, edible batteries could one day power ingestible devices for diagnosing and treating disease. One team reports new progress toward that goal with their batteries made with...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
HoloLens Goggles Bring Augmented Reality to Brain Surgery

Surgeons and engineers are working to make emergency neurosurgical procedures safer with the help the HoloLens, a new pair of augmented reality (AR) goggles from Microsoft. The...

R&D: Medical
Artificial Blood Vessels Support Patients with Heart Defects

Biomedical engineers from the University of Minnesota have created artificial blood vessels. If confirmed in humans, the grafts, bioengineered in the lab and tested in young lambs, could prevent repeated surgeries for children with congenital heart defects.

A neural interface connected to a robotic arm allows an individual to experience the sensation of touch directly in the brain. By enabling two-way communication...

Products: Motion Control
Disposable Cartridge Components

Plastikos, Erie, PA, offers disposable cartridge components made of cyclic olefin polymer (COC) for wearable drug delivery devices holding medications such as insulin and pain medicines. The disposable...

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