Medical Device Design & Development

INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVES

brain synapse Medtronic Fighting For Minutes…While Losing Hours

We’ve all seen or heard commercials from the American Stroke Association (ASA) encouraging people who suspect they might be having a stroke to call 9-1-1 right away, because “time lost is brain lost.”. Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 130,000 people a year. That’s one in every 20 deaths, according to the ASA. But even if you survive a stroke, you are not even close to being out of the woods.

  • Want Better Devices? Send Your Engineers Into The OR

    Before he was an “Outdoor Man” marketing sporting goods in the Rocky Mountains as the Last Man Standing, Tim (“The Tool Man”) Taylor did most of his work indoors — on a little show called Home Improvement. Fortunately for the often accident-prone know-it-all, he had a competent sidekick in the mild-mannered Al Borland, who often knew a better way to get things done properly.

  • Incorporating Accessibility Into Medical Device Design

    When incorporating human factors into medical device development, conducting user testing and gathering feedback from the device’s target end users is critical. To do this properly, the end user groups must be appropriately defined.

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3-D Printing Creates Big Innovation From Tiny Parts For Medtech Firm

Many new health care technologies have advanced over the past decade to enable doctors to perform more procedures in their offices over hospital only settings. However, hysteroscopy — used to identify or treat problems of the uterus — has been slower to respond to this shift. 

Medtech Startup Smells Success With Additive Manufacturing

Combining the sense of smell with rapidly evolving virtual reality (VR) technology — enabling medical applications including helping soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)— is the mission of OVR Technology, a startup in Burlington, Vt.

Part Marking Using Pad Printing And Laser Engraving

When designing parts for injection molding, you may need to consider finishing options, which can help improve a part’s mechanical properties, enhance surface finishes, facilitate the final assembly process, or just further customize your part or parts.

PEEK, PEI, LSR, And Other Material Options For Medical Prototyping

Developing medical device parts is a high-stakes process, and material choice is an important decision. Five strong contenders include PEEK, PEI, and PPSU; polycarbonates; medical-grade liquid silicone rubber; and 3D-printed titanium and ABS-like WaterShed XC 11122. 

DESIGN COMPONENTS & SERVICES

Because of their high-speed, repeatability, and long life cycles, INK solenoid valves by the Lee Company are ideal for replacing valves in existing printers, or in new drop-on-demand and dispensing applications involving in-vitro diagnostics, drug discovery, and therapeutic care.

ELCAN Optical Technologies can boast of being on the leading edge of technology while enjoying an accomplished history that reaches back to the very beginnings of modern optics.

Marktech Optoelectronics has added the 650 nm wavelength to its high accuracy Point Source LED product line. The 650 nm Point Source series features an unobstructed, narrow beam of light output and newly improved spectral bandwidth. This series of LEDs is ideally suited for critical sensing applications including encoders, linear or edge positioning sensors and medical sensing equipment. Customers utilizing the Point Source series in these applications have been able to substantially improve the performance of their products especially at higher speeds.

Precision Optics Corporation offers models of micro-couplers with 10x magnification and 4.6x magnification. They’re able to image fiber endoscopes 1 mm or smaller, and feature focusable or fixed focus settings.

The 1/4" flow APC Series couplings feature a plastic thumb latch, fewer moving parts, and a smooth contoured design to deliver ease-of-use and excellent flow in a compact size. The APC Series has been expanded to include couplings with valves and thumb latch shrouds. A more rugged design on some models adds durability to increase the APC's application range.

Marktech’s line of 5mm multichip LEDs are ideal for currency validation, medical and biofluorescence applications, push button backlight applications, and other applications involving general indication. They’re most often used for high reliability indicators, switch backlighting, and panel illumination.

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