A prototype lab is tasked with inventing solutions to design challenges presented to them by surgeons with medical device ideas. Utilizing a fused-deposition modeling machine and design software, engineers are able to create physical prototypes of medical devices that are able to be put through functional testing.
This article offers the personal perspective of an industrial designer in his quest to utilize advanced prototyping technology to enable the fabrication of custom orthopedic prosthetics that not only offered the standard function required of such a device, but also one that reflected the personality and style of its owner.
As material costs rise, designers are attempting to use as little as possible for their components without sacrificing the functionality or durability of a part. While this is the goal for virtually every designer across every industry, accomplishing it can be a challenging task. Using rapid injection molding for prototype parts, designers can get a much better handle on achieving this task.
In today’s medical device manufacturing space, OEMs are seeing partners who can handle not only the product development and prototyping of their idea, but those who have the ability to take that idea into production and manufacturing. This article looks at the value of working with a fully integrated development and manufacturing partner.
The manufacture of hearing aids has traditionally involved a time-consuming, manual process that limited the amount of production that could be achieved by a single technician. However, with the implementation of rapid prototyping technology alongside CAD/CAM solutions, this process has been sped up exponentially. This article looks at the changing trend for the production of hearing aids.
The BLDC motor is a synchronous electric motor that has coils wound around the stationary lamination stack of a stator—not a rotating armature—and magnets mounted on a rotor. This basic design has allowed engineers to create BLDC motors small enough to fit into portable ventilators used in hospitals, emergency vehicles, and homes.
While virtual imaging technology has permeated other industries such as entertainment and military, it has yet to make a significant impact in medical. However, as newer, more advanced capabilities are introduced, designers may take advantage of this offering more often. This article looks at virtual imaging for medical device applications.
This article describes the challenges and successes in which a modern, non-contact technology replaced older manual methods. Four scenarios are discussed in which this newer technology can be integrated into a company’s process: new product development, process improvements, problem resolution, and existing products.
The FDA’s UDI rule is on its way and will impact virtually everyone in the industry in one way or another. While the rule has its benefits, getting to compliance will not be achieved overnight. This article provides an overview of the direct part marking technologies required to comply with the UDI rule and offers a solution that addresses the shortcomings of several other technologies.
As more healthcare technology moves out of secured hospital areas and into much more open, public spaces, medical device designers need to incorporate more sophisticated access control technology into the devices they are developing. Electronic access solutions can offer the security needed to ensure patient data remains secure and regulatory compliance is achieved.
One of the toughest design engineering challenges is making a medical device that works flawlessly with the human body. The unique anatomy and physiology of every patient create physical complexities and ever-shifting functional parameters that must be thoroughly accounted for when producing a therapeutic product that may need to last a lifetime.
The rapid introduction of Lab-on-a-Chip (LOC) technology is accelerating the move to Point-of-Care Testing (POCT). However, many companies are finding that perfecting LOC technology is only part of building a viable business model. The need for a complete system approach is a prerequisite to broad and rapid market adoption. The options for building a complete system are complex, confusing, and sometimes conflicting.
The innovators selected to participate in StartX MedIC were unbelievable individuals. The participants included physicians, surgeons, physicists, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, computer scientists, data scientists, computer programmers, industrial designers, interface designers, interaction designers, start-up founders, serial entrepreneurs, inventors, PhD students, medical students, and marketing executives from all types organizations and institutions.
Telepresence has uses in a variety of environments such as large enterprise and manufacturing facilities, where a robot can help distant engineers and other team members stay connected with their team with live audio and video, eliminating costs and travel time.
New material offerings are critical to medical device manufacturers as they provide new opportunities in the development of cutting edge technologies. This three-part round-up features three new materials that are impacting medical device manufacturing in the areas of adhesives/coatings, molding, and extrusion. This part focuses on molding.