Industry Insights

  1. The Science Of Adhering To Skin – It’s Trickier Than You Think

    From wound care dressings to drug delivery solutions, the demands for attaching devices to human skin have increased as medical technologies have increased. Choosing the right adhesive raises many questions including: How long will the device be attached to the patient? Where will the sensor be placed on the body? And, what skin types or conditions are encountered? This article covers the important aspects of choosing the right adhesive, and presents an example of Breathe Right nasal dilator strips made with 3M adhesive medical materials.

  2. OEMs: Discover The Hidden Costs And Risks In Your Complex Supplier Network

    With price competition and cost pressures squeezing the profitability of medical devices, supplier networks are the latest target for cost reductions — and rightfully so. Complex supplier networks add costs without adding value. 

  3. Designing For Moldability: Rapid Injection Molding For Engineers And Designers

    This quick-reference user guide, for engineers and designers, talks about the guidelines and limitations for rapid injection molding. Learn how to get the best possible results for your real plastic molded parts. Proto Labs can provide you with real plastic injection molded prototypes and parts made for your project faster than your competitors. Shave days or weeks off the prototyping cycle or save the day in a line-down situation. Cut out the middle man — work with a company that has sales and manufacturing on the same campus.

  4. Taking Micromolding To the Next Level

    Micromolding requires a high level of intimacy and attention to detail to be successful over the long run, so it’s important to work with micromolder with the capability, scalability, and sustainability to get a product from the design stage all the way to high-quality mass production. 

  5. Why You Want White Hat Hackers To Break Into Your Medical Data

    In old western movies, it was easy to tell the good guys from the bad. You just had to check out their hats. Black hat meant bad guy. White hat meant good guy.

  6. Injured Limb Treatment : Removing The MacGyver Factor

    A traumatic injury is a very scary thing. But when it occurs on the battlefield, thousands of miles from home, it’s even more frightful.

  7. Realizing The Promise Of Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Tools

    Will all of tomorrow’s healthcare decisions be made by computers? Not quite, but Clinical Decision Support (CDS) tools can make doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers smarter and more effective. Thanks to advances in data analytics, this machine-assisted medical future is closer than you may think.

  8. No, Not That One: Imaging Systems And The ‘Other’ Fiber Optics

    Well known as an enabling technology of telecommunications, fiber optics is also playing a pivotal role in imaging. This paper takes a closer look at the “other” fiber optics, illuminating the special qualities that make it the best solution for some of imaging’s most challenging problems and environments.

  9. 4 Questions About Neural Bypass Technologies

    Six years ago, Ian Burkhart broke his neck diving into the waves at the Outer Banks, permanently losing feeling and control of his body below the shoulders. In 2014, researchers at Battelle and The Ohio State University gave him some of that control back with Battelle NeuroLife™, an experimental neural bridge technology that allowed him to control his fingers, hand and wrist using conscious thought. Ian recently shared his story at SxSW, and researchers published the study results in the April 2016 online edition of Nature.

  10. Balancing Cybersecurity And Usability In Medical Devices

    The “smart device” revolution is making healthcare more personalized, responsive and efficient. However, as devices become more complex and connected, protecting the integrity and privacy of all that data has never been more important.