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R&D: Medical
Researchers 'Stretch' Limits of Elastomers

Researchers from the Singapore University of Technology and Design's Digital Manufacturing and Design Centre have developed UV-curable elastomers that can be stretched by up to 1100%. The 3D-printing process supports the fabrication of soft actuators and robots, flexible electronics, and acoustic...

Features: Medical

The increasing sophistication and complexity of medical devices is compounded by strict regulatory requirements that demand systems that can produce consistent, repeatable...

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Briefs: Electronics & Computers

A team of engineers and scientists have developed an artificial skin capable of detecting temperature changes using a mechanism similar to the one used by the organ that...

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Features: Software

A couple of years ago, contract manufacturer Sparton Corporation faced increasing demand for high-quality, highly complex products that were delivered as quickly as...

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Briefs: Medical

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...

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Briefs: Medical

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...

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Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping

The latest medical developments typically involve smaller, more precise structures. These can be implants, assemblies, or components and motors in...

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Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping

In the medical device industry, surface texture has become an important aspect of product design. It not only provides the means to refine the physical appearance of an item, but...

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Briefs: Medical

Clutches can be used to enhance the functionality of springs or actuators in robotic devices. A research team headed up by Steve Collins, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at...

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Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

A group of Drexel University researchers used a rotating magnetic field to show how multiple chains of microscopic, magnetic bead-based robots can link up to reach impressive speeds swimming through a...

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Global Innovations: Medical
University of Twente Enschede, The Netherlands www.utwente.nl/en/news

According to a study conducted at the Robotics and Mechatronics department at the University of Twente in The Netherlands, robots carry...

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R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control

Intricate tasks that require dexterous in-hand manipulation — rolling, pivoting, bending, and sensing friction — are a challenge for today's robots. A University of Washington team of computer scientists...

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R&D: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Ingestible Origami Robot Unfolds from Capsule

Researchers at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Sheffield, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have demonstrated a tiny origami robot that unfolds itself from a swallowed capsule. Steered by external magnetic fields, the bot can crawl across the stomach wall to...

Briefs: Medical

Children’s National Health System, Washington, DC

Surgeons and scientists at the Children’s National Health System’s Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical...

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Global Innovations: Robotics, Automation & Control
Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China www.polyu.edu.hk

A team of engineers from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the University of Hong Kong (HKU) have collaborated on...

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Briefs: Medical

A team of Cornell University graduate engineering students say that they envision a future where a healthcare robot could display a patient’s temperature and pulse, and then read and react to a...

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Global Innovations: Robotics, Automation & Control
National University of Singapore, Singapore http://news.nus.edu.sg/

Patients who have lost their function in their hand due to injury or a nerve-related condition, such as stroke or muscular...

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Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping

The medical industry continues to develop new devices that are smaller in size and more sophisticated in functionality. From in vitro diagnostics and...

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R&D: Medical

A University of Cincinnati team has acquired a better understanding of how brown tree snakes lodge themselves in place during climbing. The resulting knowledge could lead to new bio-inspired robotic...

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R&D: Medical

A laryngoscope — invented in the late 19th century — or other intubation tools currently available require human visual guidance to open airways. A team at The Ohio State University...

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R&D: Medical

As complex robots replace hand-held scalpels, an increasing number of today's surgeries are being performed from behind a computer console. Researchers at Harvard University's John A. Paulson School...

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Briefs: Medical
Demand for miniature motion components follows trends.

Not too long ago, the motion systems used in medical and lab automation equipment had technical requirements that were easy to...

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R&D: Medical
'Active' Technology Supports Multi-Material 3D Printing

The ability to integrate disparate materials and properties within printed objects is the next frontier in 3D printing. Harvard University researchers have designed new multimaterial printheads that mix and print concentrated viscoelastic inks, enabling simultaneous control of composition...

Briefs: Medical

While most robotic parts in current use are rigid, have a limited range of motion, and don’t really look lifelike, a scientist from Florida Atlantic University has designed a novel robotic finger that,...

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Features: Medical

The 13th annual “Create the Future” Design Contest for engineers, students, and entrepreneurs worldwide, sponsored by COMSOL, Inc., and Mouser Electronics, attracted a...

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Features: Medical

Many medical devices and applications require small metal components that demand very specific characteristics. These can include:

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R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Tiny Mechanical Wrist Supports Needlescopic Surgeries

A tiny mechanical wrist from a team of engineers and doctors at Vanderbilt University’s Medical Engineering and Discovery Laboratory will be used on needle-sized surgical robots. The wrist is less than 1/16th of an inch (2 mm) thick.

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Micro-Tentacles Help Robots Handle Delicate Objects

Engineers from Iowa State University developed micro-tentacles that enable robots to handle delicate objects.

“Most robots use two fingers. To pick things up, they have to squeeze,” said Jaeyoun (Jay) Kim, an Iowa State University associate professor of electrical and computer...

R&D: Medical
Gecko-Inspired Gripper Supports Tunable Adhesion

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a gecko-inspired gripper. Like the gecko, the device has the ability to grip and release smooth surfaces like glass. The effective stickiness can also be tuned from strong to week.

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Ralph Bright on the Power of Power Cords
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Understanding power system components and how to connect them correctly is critical to meeting regulatory requirements and designing successful electrical products for worldwide markets. Interpower’s Ralph Bright defines these requirements and explains how to know which cord to select for your application.

Inside Story

Inside Story: Validating Your Sterilization Process
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To find out more about sterile product development and registration, MDB recently spoke with Elizabeth Sydnor, Director of Microbiology of Eurofins Medical Device Testing (Lancaster, PA). Read the interview.

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