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Tech Talks: Medical
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Designing a solution for forensic testing instruments involves a complex system including a long list of hardware, software, firmware, consumables, and chemistries...

Tech Talks: Medical
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Getting unexpected or failing test results for any biocompatibility test can feel like the end of the line for a medical device. As a vital step in...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
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Beyond Science Fiction: Realizing the Potential of Robotic-Assisted Surgery

This white paper discusses the roots of robotic-assisted surgery (RAS), its milestones, how and why RAS is gaining the public trust and five key technologies for its...

White Papers: Connectivity
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5 Key Considerations to Achieve a Superior Medical Connector Design

Electronic connectors are critical components for medical devices. Many different criteria play into a great connector design. Understanding the customer requirements is...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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A Faster Route to Custom-Design Molecular Diagnostic Instruments

This whitepaper delves into developing molecular diagnostics instruments, emphasizing the advantages of collaboration with experienced OEMs using platforms like Cavro® Omni...

Special Reports: Medical
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Additive Manufacturing - June 2024

AM/3D Printing is fundamentally changing how products are prototyped and produced in aerospace, defense, medical and many other fields. To help you keep pace with the latest advances, we present this...

Videos of the Month: Medical
See the videos of the month, including one on the techniques and current targets for sustainable crosslinked thermoset polymer materials, one on medical materials innovation pioneers, one on making hydrogen the next major fuel source for our warfighters, and one on the Department of Defense exploring options to protect our warfighters further.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
An international team of researchers from Japan and Austria has invented new ultraflexible patches with a ferroelectric polymer that can not only sense a patient’s pulse and blood pressure, but also power themselves from normal movements. The key was starting with a substrate just 1-μm thick.
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Briefs: Medical
When attached to an organ, the soft, tiny sticker changes in shape in response to the body’s changing pH levels, which can serve as an early warning sign for post-surgery complications such as anastomotic leaks. Clinicians then can view these shape changes in real time through ultrasound imaging.
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Briefs: Nanotechnology
The stent delivers regenerative stem cell-derived therapy to blood-starved tissue.
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White Papers: Medical
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Holistic Approach Shortens Cycle Times for Orthopedic Implants

A unique approach to manufacturing a femoral knee implant resulted in a substantial reduction in milling time and considerable improvement in surface finish. Machine tool...

On-Demand Webinars: Medical
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Drug-delivery devices not only provide a controlled and sustained release of therapeutic agents but also enable personalized medicine and targeted therapy. The continuous advancement of materials...

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Researchers from the University of Nottingham have led work that has fabricated personalized medicine using Multi-Material InkJet 3D Printing (MM-IJ3DP).
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Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Researchers have created and demonstrated a method of universalizing blood-glucose detection technology as a way of rapidly and inexpensively creating sensors that can monitor the dosing of chemotherapies and other drugs in real time.
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White Papers: Medical
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Robot Manufacturer Strengthens Global Reputation for Quality With Kontron Motherboards

Kontron, renowned for their embedded computer solutions, celebrates over 20 years of partnership with KUKA, the industrial robotics leader, to provide...

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Manufacturing elastomers that can be shaped into complex 3D structures that go from rigid to rubbery has been unfeasible until now.
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NASA Spinoff: Medical
The first FDA-cleared wireless arthroscopic camera for minimally invasive knee surgeries and other orthopedic procedures got early support from NASA.
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5 Ws: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Rice University engineers have developed the smallest implantable brain stimulator demonstrated in a human patient that could revolutionize treatment for drug-resistant depression and other psychiatric or neurological disorders.
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Technology Leaders: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Microwave sensing and imaging (MSI) technology, which has been in for many years, has now improved to the point that it may usefully supplement or even replace MRI machines and CT scanners in certain applications, including stroke detection and breast cancer detection.
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Briefs: Design
NASA’s Johnson Space Center is offering an innovative freeze-resistant hydration system for licensing. The technology substantially improves on existing hydration systems because it prevents water from freezing in the tubing, container, and mouthpiece, even in the harshest conditions on Earth.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Researchers from Tokyo University of Science (TUS) led by Associate Professor Takashi Ikuno have developed a flexible paper-based sensor that operates like the human brain. The researchers fabricated a photo-electronic artificial synapse device composed of gold electrodes on top of a 10 μm transparent film consisting of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles and cellulose nanofibers (CNFs).
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Briefs: Materials
Glow Sticks: From Parties to Detecting Biothreats for the Navy

Remember that party where you were swinging glow sticks above your head or wearing them as necklaces? Fun times, right? Science times, too. Turns out those fun party favors are now being used by a University of Houston researcher to identify emerging biothreats for the United States...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
Developed by engineers at the University of Bath, the prototype LoCKAmp device uses innovative Lab-on-a-Chip technology and has been proven to provide rapid and low-cost detection of COVID-19 from nasal swabs.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Detector can identify radioactive isotopes with high resolution.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
To aid the development of gel-like materials, MIT and Harvard University researchers have created a set of computational models to predict the material’s structure and mechanical properties, as well as functional performance outcomes.
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Briefs: Design
A pair of earbuds can be turned into a tool to record the electrical activity of the brain as well as levels of lactate in the body with the addition of two flexible sensors screen-printed onto a stamp-like flexible surface.
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Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A research paper by scientists at the University of Coimbra proposed a soft robotic hand comprising soft actuator cores and an exoskeleton, featuring a multimaterial design aided by finite element analysis to define the hand geometry and promote finger’s bendability.
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Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Although the robot braille reader was not developed as an assistive technology, the researchers say the high sensitivity required to read braille makes it an ideal test in the development of robot hands or prosthetics with comparable sensitivity to human fingertips.
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