Health, Medicine, & Biotechnology

Creating the Future: Wearable Bands Offer Continuous Blood-Pressure Measurement

The pneumatic cuff, a device traditionally used to measure blood pressure, has had a prominent place in doctors' offices for more than a century. As part of a year-long fellowship at Northwestern University, two clinicians and two engineers teamed up to develop a new way of measuring blood pressure: cuffless, wearable wristbands.

Posted in: News, News, Medical, Patient Monitoring

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Sterility Validation 101: Ensuring a Robust Sterilization Validation Program from Start to Finish

The mapping of a successful sterilization validation program for medical devices can be challenging. From assessing the impact of your manufacturing environment, to your packaging design and choice of sterilization methods, many factors will impact how you validate your sterilization process. While parts of the program are simple, others are very complex, and it can be difficult to know where to begin and what is required.

Posted in: Webinars, On-Demand Webinars, Medical

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Wave Springs Save Your Assembly Space and Weight

No one understands the needs of your applications more than you do. We know how critical it is to specify the right spring for your design. With tens of thousands of wave springs designed, and counting, we have tackled design challenges in nearly every industry.It details: Reducing spring heights Reduced Costs Extensive Product Line Design Requirements Still have questions? Don't hesitate to ask one of our experts.

Posted in: White Papers, Aerospace, Fluid Handling, Mechanical Components, Mechanics, Medical

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Will 3D printing of tissue revolutionize healthcare?

This week’s Question: Our lead stories today featured interviews with Chuck Hull, inventor of the 3D printer, and industry expert Terry Wohlers. Though the medical applications for additive manufacturing are still in their early stages, organizations around the world have printed both hard and soft tissue. "The idea is that if you lose a finger, or have a damaged liver or heart, living cells are taken from you and used to produce the replacement," said Wohlers in the Tech Briefs Q&A. "I think someday, perhaps in our lifetime, we’ll be able to benefit from a more fully developed version of this technology." What do you think? Will 3D printing of tissue revolutionize healthcare?

Posted in: Question of the Week, Consumer Product Manufacturing, Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling, Implants & Prosthetics

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The 3D Printing Landscape: Then and Now

Frequently used as a design validation and prototyping tool in its early days, the 3D printer now supports a much wider range of applications, from shape-conforming electronics to the creation of printed living tissue. Tech Briefs spoke with industry expert Terry Wohlers about 3D printing's emerging possibilities.

Posted in: News, News, News, Aerospace, Consumer Product Manufacturing, Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling, Implants & Prosthetics

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Magnetic Fields Enable New Soft Robots

Researchers from North Carolina State University have a found a new way to control robots. The team used magnetic fields to remotely manipulate microparticle chains embedded in soft robotic devices.

Posted in: News, Joining & Assembly, Drug Delivery, Automation, Robotics

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Designing Disinfectant-Ready Medical Devices

Frequent exposure to aggressive disinfectants and drugs, as well as repeated physical strain, damages medical device housings and hardware made with commonly used materials. Device failures not only impact quality of patient care but also increase overall operational costs. Choosing a material that can withstand these harsh conditions without compromising durability is essential to preventing cracks, crazes, and premature failure and prolonging housing longevity. This is especially true as portability becomes increasingly important in the medical environment.

Posted in: Webinars, On-Demand Webinars, Medical

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