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3D Printing Is a Technological Step Up for Rapid Prototyping

April 7, 2015 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Comments

Prototyping has always been an essential part of the development process. But advancements in materials and part accuracy allow evaluation of feature, functions, ergonomics and risk assessment to take place at the earliest possible stages...

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Prototyping Is a Powerful Development Tool

April 4, 2015 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Insight Product Development | Comments

Prototyping and the rapid production technologies that support it have long been used in product design. Recently, however, these same technologies have been expanding into both commercialization activities (allowing for things like 3D...

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3D Printing Could Eventually Take Over Low Volume Production

April 3, 2015 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | GW Plastics, Inc. | Comments

The main impact that prototyping technology has on the development of medical devices is that it reduces the time to market dramatically. Sophisticated software has reduced the number of prototype iterations that are required to make a successful...

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How a Medtronic Acquisition Could Change Healthcare

April 2, 2015 3:07 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Comments

Medtronic has made yet another strategic acquisition, further expanding its impressive portfolio of healthcare solutions. However, unlike previous purchases, this one didn’t bring a technological innovation into the company’s fold. Instead...

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Broadening Your Industry View

April 2, 2015 10:55 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director - Design Group, @djamesmanny | Comments

I wanted to reach out and share some of the new things that we’re doing in Advantage Business Media’s Design Engineering Group to make sure that you are the industry’s most informed design engineers at every stage of the development process...

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How Has Home Healthcare Technology Impacted Medical Device Manufacturers?

April 2, 2015 10:16 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Comments

Currently, we are in the midst of a small healthcare revolution with medicine moving out of the hospitals and doctor's offices and into patients' homes. Innovations in technology are enabling more people to be treated, diagnosed, or monitored...

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Wearable Vital Sign Monitors: Gadgetry or Healthcare 3.0?

April 2, 2015 8:30 am | by Thomas Heldt, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Institute for Medical Engineering & Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

The microelectronic revolution of the past 40 years has brought to the mass market the likes of pocket calculators, personal computers, cell phones, and recently a great variety of miniaturized consumer electronic devices. At the core of this...

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4 April Fool's Day Devices that May Not Be a Joke After All

April 1, 2015 3:28 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Tech companies are some of the most committed pranksters of them all! Every April Fool’s Day they release a slew of joke products – and oftentimes it’s difficult to tell whether they’re pulling our legs or not. I assumed that medical technology...

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Does Home Healthcare Mean Better Healthcare?

March 31, 2015 3:34 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Comments

Healthcare as we know it is experiencing a transformation where more medical technology is moving out of the hospitals and into patients’ homes or being made to travel with them. As a result, the convenience and comfort levels for patients...

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Reflections on Frost & Sullivan 2015 Medical Technologies Executive MindXchange

March 31, 2015 10:45 am | by Bill Betten, VP of Business Solutions, Logic PD | Logic PD, Inc. | Comments

I recently attended the 20th Anniversary Medical Technologies 2015: A Frost & Sullivan Executive MindXchange from March 8 – 10 in San Diego. The Executive MindXchange brings together individuals from a variety of companies, all with a common...

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3 Tips for Managing Your Medical Device Design History File

March 31, 2015 8:30 am | by Jon Speer, Co-Founder & VP of QA/RA, greenlight.guru | Comments

Developing a cutting edge medical device can be really fun and exciting. There’s always something to test and do and learn from. You have that great feeling you’re changing the world. Documenting the development of a medical device isn't fun...

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Continuity of Platforms: The Next Era of Engagement in Wearable Technology

March 30, 2015 4:33 pm | by Roeen Roashan, Analyst for Medical Technology, IHS Inc. | Comments

Within six months of purchase, one-third of consumers put their wearable activity monitors in the sock drawer to never pick them up again. While this has been the general consensus of several user surveys, IHS does not believe this tells...

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3 Ways 3D Printing Is Saving Our Four-Legged Friends

March 30, 2015 2:10 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

It’s rather sad when a beloved pet meets with an unfortunate accident that drastically hinders its quality of life. Even more heart-wrenching, there are scarce few options that would allow for a pet’s full recovery – and those options are typically too expensive...

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Prototyping Processes are Becoming More Acceptable for Use in the Final Product

March 29, 2015 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Farm Design, Inc. | Comments

Using simulation and design software complements the building of physical prototypes. Both are critical to the development process. The typical cycles of designing, building, and testing are facilitated by having more rigorous engineering...

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As 3D Printing Technology Grows, Its Applications Will Explode

March 28, 2015 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Proto Labs, Inc. | Comments

Sophisticated design software is a powerful tool most often used in conjunction with physical prototypes, and not as a replacement. Simulation software can provide engineering insight, but a physical part allows for real-world testing and may...

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