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New Ultrafast Lasers Expand the State of the Art for Stent Manufacturing

October 8, 2013 12:47 pm | by Rajesh Patel, Spectra Physics, and Victor Matylitsky, High Q Laser | Comments

As medical device sizes shrink, their designs increasingly push the limits of feature complexity and material properties. Advances in fabrication technologies must keep pace with the demands of cost-effectively manufacturing these increasingly micro-scale, sophisticated devices.


Design Note: Metal Injection Molding Design App

October 7, 2013 4:14 pm | by Kinetics Climax | Comments

Designing a medical device and pondering if metal injection molding (MIM) is the right technology for the project? As a design engineer, do the following questions come to mind when specifying MIM into a design: What type of material is best suited for my needs?

Pumping Up Device Design

October 7, 2013 9:30 am | by Michael L. Hill, VP & GM, Gorman-Rupp Industries | GRI Pumps | Comments

Handling fluids within a medical device can be a messy, but critically important, task. It is vital for medical device designers to ensure they are making the best selection when it comes to the components that are involved in this portion of the device. This article attempts to clarify the significant considerations in selecting the right pump for a project.


Design Note: 3D Design Software for All Engineers

October 3, 2013 3:35 pm | by Allied Electronics | Comments

Allied Electronics and RS Components have developed a 3D design software solution called DesignSpark Mechanical, a 3D solid modeling and assembly tool that is available to all, totally free of charge. Developed in conjunction with SpaceClaim, the easy-to-use DesignSpark Mechanical will bring major benefits to design engineers around the world and is available in multiple languages.

Bringing Image-Guided Laser Surgery to Endoscopy

October 2, 2013 3:40 pm | by David Henderson, CTO and CEO, New Scale Technologies | New Scale Technologies, Inc. | Comments

In an effort to advance the benefits that lasers can offer to surgeons, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center partnered with a motor and motion control specialist to fabricate an endoscopic laser scalpel that incorporates a remote-controlled beam steering device right in the endoscope head. This article highlights the efforts of that collaboration.


Therapeutic Coatings for Medical Device Implants

October 1, 2013 3:27 pm | by Nathan Lockwood, Ph.D., Senior Manager of R&D, SurModics Inc. | SurModics, Inc. | Comments

Drug delivery coatings are not a new technology to the medical device industry. However, as more implantable devices are tasked with achieving a greater level of healthcare, they do offer great benefit to design engineers. This article reviews drug coating technology and looks at application areas where it has made a significant impact.


7 Important Things to Know Before Financing Equipment

September 30, 2013 2:30 pm | by Philip A. Bruno, Chief Marketing Officer, Marlin Leasing Corporation | Comments

Most manufacturing and industrial businesses are familiar with equipment leasing and financing, but may not know the kinds of specific information they need to make the best financing decisions for their investments in equipment or software. Understanding the ways in which leasing fits your company’s particular needs can help to build a solid business case for financing as well as determine which financing option to choose.

Air Tool Measures Thousands of Orthopedic Tapers

September 27, 2013 4:03 pm | by Mahr Federal | Mahr Federal, Inc. | Comments

A manufacturer of orthopedic implants needed to improve measurement and documentation proficiency of parts with literally hundreds of configurations. Air gaging from Mahr Federal was chosen because it could quickly and accurately measure precision tapers, along with being simpler and cheaper to engineer than any mechanical gages.


Medical Devices: How Secure Are They?

September 26, 2013 4:21 pm | by Jon Jarboe, Senior Technical Manager, Coverity | Comments

Medical devices are increasingly dependent on software, evolving from the use of a simple two-transistor circuit for early artificial cardiac pacemakers to sophisticated modern systems supporting infusion pumps, electrocardiogram analysis, and image-guided surgery.


The Shoes of the End User Are a Developer’s Most Important Tool

September 25, 2013 2:39 pm | by Lorraine Chapman, Director of Research and Experience Design, Macadamian Technologies | Comments

Two-thirds of health IT executives in the U.S. believe the use of mobile technology will substantially or dramatically impact the delivery of healthcare in the future. But how will the form and function of this technology be defined? How can the designers of technology ensure the best fit with the needs of the healthcare professionals who will make use of it?


3D Printed, CNC Machined, or Molded Prototypes: Which and When?

September 25, 2013 10:38 am | by Gus Breiland, Customer Service Engineer Manager, Proto Labs | Proto Labs, Inc. | Comments

When it comes to component fabrication for production ready parts, designers typically have a good idea which process they’d like to specify. However, when it comes to prototyping, they may not be as clear on the best process for their needs. This article looks at three common fabrication processes—3D printing, machining, and molding—and clarifies which to use when for prototype parts.

Wireless Tech Broadens Healthcare Horizons

September 23, 2013 4:59 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, MDT | Comments

In the field of medical technology, wireless devices are seeing some of the most broad-reaching growth. This is due mostly in part to the wide range of applications that wireless medicine encompasses. Mobi Health News reports that the top ten areas wireless medicine has directly benefited include: Alzheimer’s, asthma, breast cancer, COPD, depression, diabetes, heart failure, hypertension, obesity, and sleep disorders.


Data Acquisition System Performs Fault Identification on a CT Scanner

September 20, 2013 2:22 pm | by CAS DataLoggers | CAS DataLoggers | Comments

CAS DataLoggers Engineer Terry Nagy has worked on a uniquely challenging data acquisition application which highlights the effectiveness of Delphin data loggers. A medical equipment manufacturer had a customer in a hospital who was experiencing problems with a particular CT scan machine that would reset in the middle of the procedure, which cost significant time as patients often had to be scanned again.


A Specialist for Bridges and Bars

September 19, 2013 12:51 pm | by Siemens Industry | Comments

Small but meticulous—allshape AG in Lengnau, Switzerland, near Biel specializes in high-precision products for all common shapes of dental implants. Thanks to the reliable Sinumerik 840D CNC, allshape AG gives dental laboratories customized and fast delivery service.


Automated Detection of Single Nucleotide Polymorphism

September 18, 2013 1:25 pm | by By Paolo Fiorini, Principal Scientist, imec; Liesbet Lagae, R&D manager Life Science Technologies, imec; and Ichiro Yamashita, professor, NAIST | Comments

Imec and Panasonic are jointly developing a fully integrated sample-to-answer device to perform molecular diagnostic tests. Recently, they’ve created prototype of the device. The chip is about half the size of a credit card that performs fast, simple and sensitive detection of genetic markers, specifically single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs).



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