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Photo Etching: Stimulating Innovation in Medical Product Design

March 13, 2015 11:26 am | by Albert Tsang, Technical Manager, Precision Micro | Precision Micro, Ltd. | Comments

Across industry, there is a concerted and accelerating trend towards miniaturization, and nowhere more so than in the medical device sector, where demand for minimally invasive diagnostic and treatment devices is growing exponentially...

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Improved Development Processes and Compliance with Cloud-Based PLM

March 12, 2015 11:44 am | by Alaine Portnoy, Director of Marketing, Omnify Software | Comments

LoneStar Heart, Inc., based in Laguna Hills, Calif., is developing cardiac restorative therapies for patients with heart failure that harness the heart’s ability to repair itself. Based on its integrated cardiomechanical and biomolecular...

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Hearing Aids Tune into a Wireless World

March 11, 2015 11:25 am | by Aidan Moore, Applications Engineer, ON Semiconductor | Comments

These are exciting times for hearing aid technology. If you haven’t looked at what’s available in hearing aids recently, you may be surprised to find a level of sophistication that was missing in previous generations. In fact, an increasing...

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Automating SOP Management Helps Medical Device Manufacturers Avoid Risk

March 10, 2015 11:23 am | by Mika Javanainen, Senior Director, Product Management, M-Files Corporation | Comments

Medical device manufacturers must comply with increasingly strict compliance requirements in order to sell products in the United States. The Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and Quality System regulations (21 CFR Parts 211 and 820)...

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Medical Device Designers' Guide to FDA’s Substantial Equivalence

March 9, 2015 11:15 am | by Quynh Hoang, Lynette Zentgraft, Senior Regulatory Experts; Elaine Tseng, Partner, King & Spalding | Comments

A Premarket Notification or “510(k)” submission is the most common pathway by which medical devices receive authorization to enter the U.S. market, with over 3,500 510(k)s submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yearly. FDA...

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5 Key Benefits of Using Rapid Prototyping for Product Design & Development

March 6, 2015 10:38 am | by Nikunj Patel, Design Engineer, Hi-Tech CADD Services | Comments

One of the prominent challenges that product designers face, is not having the ability to make clients or in-house management staff to realize how the product will look and feel actually. Despite the possible advancements in 3D CAD technologies...

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A Look Ahead: 3D Printing for Final Device Manufacture

March 5, 2015 8:30 am | by Clive Nicholls, Product Design & Development Manager, Owen Mumford | Comments

The applications of 3D printing in the medical industry will continue to grow throughout 2015 and beyond. Recent research by SmarTrech shows that by 2020 the number of 3D printers being shipped annually for medical use will have almost...

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Making Big Data Little

March 4, 2015 8:30 am | by Carolyn Rose, Director of Strategy and Research, Insight Product Development | Insight Product Development | Comments

As anticipation grows for the seemingly limitless opportunities that big data represents for healthcare, a clear path to leveraging the massive information repository that exists today continues to elude the masses. Enamored with the possibilities...

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Staying Competitive with Closed-Loop Cooling

March 3, 2015 11:07 am | by Al Fosco, Global Marketing Manager, Frigel North America | Frigel North America | Comments

Faced with an ever-changing product development market, medical device product manufacturers are seeking new ways to optimize their processes and cut costs where possible to remain competitive. Enter closed-loop cooling. Widely adopted in Europe...

Low-Profile Orthosis for Tremor Attenuation: Optimizing Damping System Design

February 27, 2015 11:14 am | by Manilka Abeysuriya, Richard Wheatley, Pera Technology Ltd.; Juanma Belda, Instituto de Biomechanica de Valencia; Antonio Reddavid, Cultraro Automazione Engineering S.r.l.; Pedro Fernandez, ; Leopoldo Fernandez, Especiliades Medico Ortopedicas | Comments

More than 4.25 million people in the EU and approximately 10 million people in the US are affected by essential tremor (ET). ET is a progressive neurological disorder of which the most recognizable feature is tremor of the arms. ET is also...

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Do You Have the Right to Be Disconnected?

February 26, 2015 9:24 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

We are all connected people, according to panelists brought together for Engineering Live: The Connected Person on Feb. 25, but the way we balance connectivity and privacy is still being determined by our technology and our society. Engineering...

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Making It Smaller Isn't so Simple

February 26, 2015 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Metrigraphics, LLC, American Swiss Products Co., Inc., Hutchinson Technology, Inc. | Comments

“Smaller” is a word that most medical device designers are hearing more often these days. It keeps in step with a trend that has been happening in this industry for many years. Perhaps getting the biggest initial push from the demand for...

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3 Ways an Algorithm Could Help Me Lose Ten Pounds

February 25, 2015 11:09 am | by Kerri McMaster, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Office, Performance Lab | Comments

The makers of wearable devices are now very awake to the importance of prompting positive behavioral change. Many customers are buying these wearables or their attendant apps with the expectation that they will lose weight, get fitter, or...

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Making The Case for Pressure Forming Medical Device Enclosures

February 24, 2015 10:52 am | by Jason Middleton, VP of Sales & Development, Ray Products | Comments

In some ways, pressure forming is a niche plastic manufacturing process. In many of the same ways, medical device enclosures are a niche product. It just so happens that the unique capabilities of pressure forming often match up very well...

Telemedicine Set to Bloom in 2015

February 23, 2015 10:06 am | by Steve Boccone, GreyBox Communications | Comments

“Telemedicine may just be the biggest trend in digital health in 2015,” wrote Skip Fleshman, partner at Asset Management Ventures, in an article for Forbes. He noted that in his work, he has spent “a lot of time crisscrossing the country...

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