Researchers working to design new materials that are durable, lightweight and environmentally sustainable are increasingly looking to natural composites, such as bone, for inspiration: Bone is strong and tough because its two constituent materials, soft collagen protein and stiff hydroxyapatite mineral, are arranged in complex hierarchical patterns that change at every scale of the composite, from the micro up to the macro.
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Infinity Compounding has launched its new line of INHIBIT antimicrobial concentrates and compounds. The new INHIBIT antimicrobial additives are based on silver functionalized clay and prevent growth of bacteria, fungus and other microorganisms in a variety of applications.
Much like other medical technology, implants are adapting to a post-depression economy brimming with new materials, new ideas, and ambitious plans for the future. The result is a focus on designing safer, more bio-compatible products for local markets.
SICK announced the launch of the C4000 Palletizer Advanced and the M4000 Standard in IP 69K housings for washdown applications. In addition, the C4000 Micro in an IP 69K housing is now available in lengths up to 1800 mm and has an increased scanning range of up to 14.5 m.
Cognex has integrated advanced 2DMax+ code reading software technology into the compact DataMan 100 and 200 fixed-mount barcode readers. With 2DMax+, the readers can now identify and decode severely damaged or poorly marked 2-D matrix codes.
Working with a microscope for several hours a day demands a high degree of concentration and strains users’ eyes and posture muscles. If workstations and the microscope itself are designed ergonomically, this strain may be reduced considerably.
The greatest obstacle to success in the design of a device is that, often times, the design engineer overlooks the need to keep electromagnetic interference in mind when he designs his device. When a product is not in compliance, it can be interfered with by radio waves emitting from other electronic devices in the home, causing the product to malfunction.
For less than $100, University of Washington researchers have designed a computer-interfaced drawing pad that helps scientists see inside the brains of children with learning disabilities while they read and write.
Shares of Medtronic slipped Tuesday, a day after the medical device maker announced findings from independent reviews of studies of its Infuse bone graft. The Minneapolis company said the reviews, conducted through Yale University, concluded that clinical success rates with its Infuse product were equivalent to more traditional bone graft procedures in which bone is taken from the hip.
For a long time, heat insulation was en vogue – and nearly no one was concerned about poor indoor air quality. And yet excess CO2 hampers concentration. Now, researchers have come up with an intelligent door seal system.
3D printing can now be used to print lithium-ion microbatteries the size of a grain of sand. The printed microbatteries could supply electricity to tiny devices in fields from medicine to communications, including many that have lingered on lab benches for lack of a battery small enough to fit the device, yet provide enough stored energy to power them.
Aesculap Implant Systems recently introduced the CeSpaceXP Interbody System for ACDF procedures. The CeSpaceXP fuses two proven materials, an innovative Plasmapore®XP osteoconductive porous Titanium coating and a PEEK-Optima® radiolucent core, that delivers enhanced implant stability, artifact-free imaging, and an optimal scaffold for cervical fusion procedures.
OrthoSensor has announced that the Company has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the VERASENSE Knee System with limb alignment. VERASENSE is the first intraoperative instrument system to combine quantifiable data on limb alignment, implant position and soft tissue balancing for surgeons during total knee replacement surgery.
Surgical Theater’s Surgical Rehearsal Platform (SRP) provided neurosurgeons the opportunity to rehearse a complicated cerebral case before entering the operating room, saving the surgical team critical seconds on a time-sensitive procedure.
Foster Corporation has introduced ProPell thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and polyether block amide (PEBA) compounds for improved manufacturing and handling of medical catheters.
Autosplice has introduced a new series of compact surface mount contacts for antenna applications in mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. The new single-piece contact designs are ideally suited for Near Field Communications Antenna requirements as well as other grounding applications within wireless communications designs.