Materials en 3D Printing Materials Let Medical Designers Work in New Ways <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Stratasys </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>3D printed parts created with fused deposition modeling (FDM) technology find multiple uses in the medical industry. Designers are relying on this technology to build concept models, functional prototypes, factory tooling, and even finished goods. Doctors, surgeons, and hospitals are also using 3D printing for new medical device designs, training and simulation, and testing and research.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Materials eBooks Wed, 29 Apr 2015 19:25:00 +0000 14081 at Label Defects Top List of Packaging Concerns for Med Devices <div class="field-byline"> Staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> A recent survey of medical companies in Europe and North America identifies key issues for packaging and labeling operations in the medical device market. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>A recent survey by PRISYM ID of medical companies in Europe and North America has identified some of the key issues for packaging and labeling operations in the complex and changing medical device market, with label defect control as one of the top issues currently facing almost 40% of medical device and pharmaceutical companies. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Materials Mon, 01 Dec 2014 19:24:00 +0000 13711 at Innovation from Orthopedics to Sports Medicine <div class="field-byline"> Joyce Laird </div> <div class="field-deck"> Jerome Canady, Founder of US Medical Innovations, and Mark A. Cleveland, CEO of Swiftwick, discuss their very different, but equally important, products. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>The Canady Hybrid Plasma™ Scalpel (“CHPS”), the first smart multifunctional hybrid plasma device in the world, can control plasma for surgery; for killing tumors, for killing cancer. Swiftwick is a new take on the prosthetic leg that required developing a whole new technology, from the material in the liner sock to discovering manufacturing machinery adjustments that could produce the end product. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Materials Orthopedics Products Electronics Mon, 06 Oct 2014 20:51:00 +0000 13511 at Courtesy of US Medical Innovations, LLC From a Medical Past Comes a Bioprinting Future <div class="field-deck"> At the University of Louisville, great strides are being made in the development of a bioficial heart. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Williams and his team are currently developing structures that are “pre-vascularized” so the blood flows at the lowest vascular level to keep these cells alive. They have developed a way to use the 3D printing to print capillaries, the smallest blood vessels, so they are able to make very viable structures, particularly the ventricular walls of the heart, with the vascular supply built into it.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Materials Products Cardiovascular Surgery Design-Engineering Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:31:00 +0000 13351 at Adhesives Dedicated to Better Wound Care <div class="field-deck"> ConvaTec strives to make life better for both short- and long-term patients. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>ConvaTec is a giant in the medical device industry, with hundreds of different products. With over 8,000 employees, 11 manufacturing sites, and business in more than 100 countries, they have annual sales upwards of $100 billion. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Materials Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:50:00 +0000 13311 at Steps to Jumpstart Your UDI Program <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>The recent observation is that many companies--especially those without class III devices--are in a “wait and see” mode, or at best, have delivered an informal communication to the obvious UDI stakeholders and had a loose planning session or two. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Materials Design-Engineering compliance FDA regulatory UDI unique device identification Contributors&#039; Corner Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:23:00 +0000 13241 at Turning to Copper to Fight Hospital Infections <div class="field-byline"> Joyce Laird </div> <div class="field-deck"> Can one of the oldest solutions be the new answer for HAIs today? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Harold Michels, advisor to the president of the Copper Development Association (CDA), discusses his goal to eliminate Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) by replacing much of the hospital, clinical and medical facilities hardware with copper-based alloys. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Materials Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:18:00 +0000 13191 at Looking to Automated Compounding Systems to Remove Human Error <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>The 2012 meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated steroid injections continues to be a tragic reminder of the risks inherent in manual medication compounding. Unsanitary conditions at the Massachusetts compounding pharmacy that made the injections, resulted in fungal contamination of the drugs. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Materials Components Contributors&#039; Corner Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:51:00 +0000 12901 at Applying Tech Design and Engineering to Medical Devices <div class="field-deck"> Some of the best new technologies and devices for the medical industry are coming from companies outside the medical establishment. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Medical devices, implantables in particular, need components that are the best of the best. Companies that are well established in other industries are now adding their expertise to create innovative medical devices.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Materials Products Electronics Components Design-Engineering Implantables mHealth Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:00:00 +0000 12791 at Assuring Quality in Low-Friction Coatings <div class="field-byline"> Brian M. Willis, Whitford Worldwide </div> <div class="field-deck"> Special coatings are manufactured specifically for medical devices. Here's how the process works. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>High-performance coatings are low-friction, dry-lubricant materials that achieve remarkable synergy by combining the capabilities of two types of engineering plastics. Fluoropolymers, with the lowest coefficient of friction of any known solid, are combined with high-temperature organic polymers to provide unique and highly versatile combinations of properties.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Materials Implantables Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:31:00 +0000 12711 at