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Bringing New Vision to Laser Material Processing Systems
NASA Tests Lasers’ Ability to Transmit Data from Space
Converting from Hydraulic Cylinders to Electric Actuators
Automating Optimization and Design Tasks Across Disciplines
Vibration Tables Shake Up Aerospace and Car Testing
Supercomputer Cooling System Uses Refrigerant to Replace Water
Computer Chips Calculate and Store in an Integrated Unit
Electron-to-Photon Communication for Quantum Computing

2016 Create the Future Design Contest

The 2016 Create the Future Design Contest — sponsored by COMSOL, Mouser Electronics, and Tech Briefs Media Group (publishers of NASA Tech Briefs) — recognized innovation in product design in seven categories: Aerospace & Defense, Automotive/Transportation, Consumer Products, Electronics, Machinery/Automation/ Robotics, Med ical, and Sustainable Technologies. In this special section, you’ll meet the Grand Prize Winner, as well as the winners and Honorable Mentions in all seven categories, chosen from over 1,100 new product ideas submitted from a record 71 countries. To view all of the entries online, visit www.createthefuturecontest.com.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Automotive, Defense, Electronics, Alternative Fuels, Energy, Renewable Energy, Green Design & Manufacturing, Medical, Patient Monitoring, Automation, Robotics, Design processes, Collaboration and partnering
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2016 Create the Future Design Contest: Machinery/Automation/Robotics Category Winner

SHAPE MEMORY ALLOY BASED SAFETY LATCH

Nicholas W. Pinto, Suresh Gopalakrishnan, Chandra S. Namuduri, Nancy L. Johnson, and Mark Vann General Motors, Warren, MI

General Motors has invented a device that indicates when an unsafe level of energy remains in an electrical panel box after the main power has been disconnected. Possible sources of this energy may be incorrect wiring, external device add-ons, and the presence of residual charge from capacitors. The device works by engaging a safety latch mechanism built with shape memory alloy (SMA) technology along with an audio or visual alarm.

Posted in: Articles, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Implants & Prosthetics, Medical, Automation, Robotics, Alloys, Smart materials, Hardware, Restraint systems
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2016 Create the Future Design Contest: Medical Category Winner

CONTINUOUS WEARABLE BLOOD PRESSURE MONITOR

Sean Connell, Kyle Miller, Jay Pandit, and Jung-En Wu Bold Diagnostics, Evanston, IL

“My team is honored to be recognized out of such a competitive field. We are truly passionate about bringing our mobile health monitoring solution to market, and feel that recognition from the Tech Briefs competition will propel our efforts.”

Bold Diagnostics has developed a blood pressure monitoring system that is comfortable for patients and seamlessly integrates into their everyday lives. The low-cost monitor includes a set of wearable wristbands that uses optical biosensors to continuously measure blood pressure, and a smartphone application that uploads a report into the patient’s medical record for clinician review. The solution provides accurate measurements with greater frequency, enabling doctors to positively impact clinical outcomes with proper blood pressure management.

Posted in: Articles, Medical, Patient Monitoring, Design processes, Sensors and actuators, Cardiovascular system, Medical equipment and supplies
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2016 Create the Future Design Contest: Consumer Products Category Winner

MIFOLD

Jon Sumroy, Carfoldio, Ltd., Ra’anana, Israel

“The award is a true accolade from design and engineering professionals. This means that, as well as solving a serious problem with a convenient, practical, and affordable solution, we have solved the problem in a well designed and engineered way. The credibility of the contest, and the respect and professionalism of the organizers and judges, will enhance our ability to market the Grab-and-Go Booster Seat worldwide. This will help us keep more children safer in more journeys, more of the time.”

The mifold Grab-and-Go booster seat for children aged 4-12 is more than ten times smaller than a regular booster seat and just as safe. A regular booster seat works by lifting a child up to the position of an adult. mifold does the opposite, securing the seatbelt in the correct position on the hips and shoulder by holding the seatbelt down at three points.

Posted in: Articles, Automotive, Consumer Product Manufacturing, Imaging, Medical, Design processes, Children, Seats and seating, Child restraint systems
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Planning for Implementation of the European Union Medical Devices Regulations – Are You Prepared?

The Medical Device and In Vitro Medical Device Regulations represent the most significant change to the European legislation for medical devices for nearly 20 years. Understanding the requirements is key to your ability to develop an implementation plan to ensure continuing regulatory compliance and provide the EU market with safe medical devices.

A new white paper, “Planning for Implementation of the European Union Medical Devices Regulations: Are You Prepared?” focuses on the practical aspects of implementation. It discusses decisions that need to be made and includes questions to ask about your organization’s preparedness to comply with the new requirements.

Download this new white paper to learn how to address:

Activities and requirements for manufacturers, authorized representatives, importers, and distributors Existing products and their technical documentation, including clinical evidence Products in the development pipeline Responsibilities of the person handling regulatory compliance, ISO 13485:2016 certification, and lifecycle management Content and maintenance of technical documentation Unique device identification, implant cards, and labelling changes PMS plans, periodic safety update reports (PSURs) or post-market surveillance reports, and post-market clinical follow-up (PMCF)
Posted in: White Papers, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Bio-Medical, FDA Compliance/Regulatory Affairs, Medical
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Ensuring the Reliability of Disposable Syringes with Light-Cure Adhesives

Perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of disposable medical syringe production involves permanently and safely attaching the stainless steel cannula to the plastic hub. This joint is critical to the safety of syringes found on hypodermic and biopsy needles, syringes, winged infusion sets, blood lancets, and a variety of other devices. In all these applications, poor hub-to-cannula assembly could result in leakage of bodily fluids and medication or catastrophic device failure, situations that could be dangerous to the patient and the medical professional. Mechanical failure of a syringe can cause painful insertion or extraction, seal failure during use, cancellation of a procedure, or other unsafe complications.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Bio-Medical, Medical
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The Simple Guide to a Life Science Recall

Recalls erode consumer trust, brand integrity, company image and longevity. Since there is a lengthy process that follows the event of a recall, here is how a GMP Compliance Management System can help to make the process as efficient, painless and quick as possible.

Download this paper to learn about:

Complaint Handling Product Returns Document Control Recall Evaluation Corrective Action Centralized Reporting
Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Bio-Medical, Medical
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Laser Treatment Supports New Paper Electronics

By using lasers to treat graphene, Iowa State University researchers have found new ways to enable flexible, wearable, and low-cost electronics. Fabricating inkjet-printed, multi-layer graphene electric circuits and electrodes with a pulsed-laser process improves electrical conductivity without damaging paper, polymers, or other fragile printing surfaces.

Posted in: News, News, Diagnostics
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A Simplified Production of Organic Compounds Containing High Enantiomer Excesses

NASA has developed a novel approach for producing sugars and sugar acids enriched with one of the two enantiomers of individual compounds. This approach can also be adapted for other compounds, such as amino acids. All objects, including chemical compounds, have mirror images, some of which cannot be superimposed. In the case of chemical compounds, these non-superimposable mirror images are called enantiomers and are widely used in biological processes. NASA’s method produces high enantiomer excesses from simple and relatively inexpensive precursors (formaldehyde and simple salts) and hardware components without the need and expense of using (at some stage) biological sources. Unlike the commercial production of most rare enantiomers, this innovation employs conditions that are extremely common, non-biological, and relatively inexpensive to set up.

Posted in: Briefs, Medical, Catalysts, Production, Chemicals
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Generation of High-Pressure Oxygen Via Electrochemical Pumping in a Multi-Stage Electrolysis Stack

Innovators at NASA’s Glenn Research Center have developed a method for producing pure high-pressure oxygen via an electrochemical pumping process through a solid oxide electrolysis (SOE) cell stack. Glenn’s device can either concentrate the oxygen in the ambient atmosphere or extract the oxygen via the chemical reduction of carbon dioxide, water, or any combination of these substances. This solid-state device does not use any moving parts or any extra separation processes to purify the delivered oxygen. Instead, Glenn’s technology relies on a multi-stage stack design and an SOE process that includes an oxygen-ion-conducting ceramic membrane to generate high-pressure oxygen within a compact, noiseless device. This process has great potential for use in medical, industrial, and recreational applications.

Posted in: Briefs, Medical, Life support systems, Oxygen equipment
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