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Metal Injection Molding for Medical Device Manufacturers

August 27, 2014 10:57 am | by Becky Cater, MIM Product Manager, Proto Labs | Proto Labs, Inc. | Comments

Component fabrication for medical devices must often enable the manufacture of strong, durable parts in intricate shapes and designs. The ability to mold metal in an injection molding process moves developers much closer to this goal. The fact...

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Advances in Diabetes Drug Delivery

August 25, 2014 2:13 pm | by Zach Marks M.S. R.Ph., Director, Strategic Marketing, Delivery Systems, West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. | Comments

Innovative drug delivery systems are a technology sector receiving increased interest for a number of reasons. One area seeing enhanced design solutions is the diabetes management space. Delivering the required insulin while being mindful...

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Novel Pumping Technology Allows Precise Miniaturized Drug Delivery

August 22, 2014 2:53 pm | by Forrest Payne, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, SFC Fluidics Inc. | Comments

Developing an insulin-delivery technology that comes in a discreet package and suits the needs of diabetics can offer an array of design challenges. In this article, a company shares its experiences and obstacles to success while in the midst...

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Testing Epoxy Fluxes for Hearing Aid Miniaturization

August 20, 2014 3:02 pm | by Tom Adams, Consultant, Sonoscan, Inc. | Comments

Breakthroughs in circuitry design have made adding new features easier than miniaturizing the hearing aid as a whole. This article follows the progress - as yet not entirely fulfilled - of one major hearing aid manufacturer in shrinking the...

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The Development of Mobile Apps in the Healthcare Industry

August 7, 2014 2:40 pm | by Sarah Peters, Contributing Writer | Comments

The growth and development of smartphone technology has been phenomenal. In a very short space of time, we moved from very basic mobile phones that only allowed users to make calls, send SMS messages, and play a few simple games, to having...

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Motion Capture Software and Medical Innovation

August 6, 2014 2:35 pm | by Jeffrey Dawson, Health and Medicine Writer | Comments

The phrase “motion capture software” generally brings to mind blockbuster, special-effects-laden films or the latest high-tech mechanical simulation of the latest automobile prototype. However, motion capture software has been leaving its...

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The Benefits of Working with an UHMWPE Fiber with a Fine Denier

August 5, 2014 3:58 pm | by Carola Hansen, Director of Biomedical Polyethylenes, DSM Biomedical | DSM Biomedical | Comments

In February, DSM announced that it was expanding its Dyneema Purity fiber portfolio with the commercial launch of the thinnest, high-strength, medical-grade ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber on the market - Dyneema Purity...

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Silicon Technology to Enable a Revolution in Healthcare

July 24, 2014 2:54 pm | by Dr. Liesbet Lagae, R&D Manager Life Science Technologies, imec | Comments

Much of the research in healthcare is directed at the major medical challenges of the coming decade. How are we going to cope with the diseases of a growing elderly population, such as brain diseases, cancers, and diabetes? How can we improve...

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Process Specialization in Prototyping and Outsourcing

July 22, 2014 3:54 pm | by Rebecca Murphy, Inside Sales and Marketing Coordinator, GW Plastics Inc. | GW Plastics, Inc. | Comments

In our previous installment, we explored the design for manufacturability benefits of using a full-service commercialization partner when building a prototype. So how does process specialization play a role in deciding between a prototype...

10 Tips for Designing Medical Components with Aluminum

July 21, 2014 11:41 am | by Gordon Knott, Alexandria Industries | Comments

To better control the increasing product development costs without sacrificing quality, medical device OEMs are turning to aluminum instead of other more costly materials to manufacture both their new and existing components. The following...

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The Molecular Revolution: Development of a Breakthrough Cancer Treatment

July 16, 2014 12:08 pm | by Behrad Vahidi, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Director of Engineering, Cynvenio Biosystems Inc. | Comments

Thanks to Cynvenio Biosystems Inc., detecting cancer through a simple blood draw is no longer just a theory. Cynvenio is clinical diagnostics company transforming the treatment and management of cancer through the molecular characterization...

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What 3D Printing Means for Healthcare

July 15, 2014 3:57 pm | by Steve Erickson, Vice President, First American Plastic | Comments

Medical care might not be the most obvious place for 3D printing applications, but 3D-printed kidneys and 3D-printed prosthetic eyes say otherwise. 3D-printed plastics are being used for medical tools and devices, models for surgical training...

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ON-Q and the Evolution of Post-Surgical Pain Management

July 8, 2014 12:10 pm | by Gary Aurin, Research & Engineering Manager, I-Flow | Comments

Historically, post-surgical pain has been primarily treated with narcotics which can cause patients unpleasant side effects such as nausea, vomiting, constipation and grogginess. The data also suggests that taking them may pose the risk of...

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Interaction Design and Medical Devices: Toward a Better User Experience

July 2, 2014 12:09 pm | by Jemma Lampkin, Senior Executive Consultant, SKIM and Willem Buijs, Interaction Designer, SKIM | Comments

Product developers have long used interaction design as a powerful tool in developing new products and addressing the needs of their customer base. Historically, medical technology development has been driven by an engineering focus on... 

Inventory Management: Reduce Waste & Cut Costs

June 25, 2014 10:47 am | by Tobi Laczkowski, Associate Principal, ZS Associates | Comments

In the face of increased commoditization among medical technology (medtech) products, many companies have turned to advances in manufacturing materials to obtain a competitive edge. One of the most well-known examples is the drug coatings...

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