This artificial muscle can expand 15 times larger than natural muscles

Columbia University researchers have developed a 3D printed soft artificial muscle that can stretch 15 times larger than natural muscles, creating a breakthrough for soft robotics in a healthcare setting. Researchers at Columbia Engineering in the Creative Machines lab developed the one-of-a-kind artificial active tissue that has intrinsic expansion that does not need external compressors

How have medtech launches and prototyping evolved with 3D printing?

Here are three basic ways that 3D printing can help you get your medical device project off the ground. Jim Medsker, Keystone Solutions Group Additive manufacturing, commonly referred to as 3D printing, began to surface in the 1980s. Since then, the technology has quickly become a valuable tool for creating plastic prototype parts in a rapid

This lab-on-a-chip is bringing point-of-care diagnostics to smartphones

A new diagnostic platform that works using a smartphone is making point-of-care diagnostics easier for infectious diseases. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Washington at Tacoma developed a device that diagnoses infectious diseases at the point-of-care. The devices uses a smartphone as the detection instrument with a test kit

3D printing options are growing for medtech development: Here’s how

The new Multi Jet Fusion process out of HP is but the latest 3D printing technology to up the game for medical device development. Here’s a roundup of what’s available. Jon Eric Van Roekel, Proto Labs The medical device industry continues to be driven by innovation. Some sources, including medical market research firm Kalorama Information,

How 3D Systems helped separate conjoined twins

As 3D visualization and printing technologies improve, healthcare providers are able to plan for and increase the success of difficult surgeries. 3D Systems has a precision healthcare solutions team that provides simulation, surgical planning, and manufacturing. The team was recently involved in a rare case, in which conjoined twins were born as part of triplets.

Stratasys introduces rubber-like, engineering-grade 3D printing materials

Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS), a global leader in applied additive technology solutions, announced new material compatibility for its flagship J750 full color, multi-material 3D printing system, delivering additional functionality and versatility for rapid prototyping and tooling applications. Stratasys PolyJet Agilus30 rubber-like material and Digital ABS Plus engineering-grade material can now be used with the Stratasys J750. […]

What’s next in 3D printing prototypes

Tony Holtz, Proto Labs 3D printing is advancing, especially for medical device applications. Printer developers are making leaps when it comes to achieving finer resolution and prototypers are improving steps for secondary processes. The 3D printing technology has enabled improvements in micro resolution features and clarity for lenses and microfluidics. The improved secondary operations have created

3D-printed organ developer BioLife4D seeks $50 million IPO

Biological 3D printing developer BioLife4D has filed for a $50 million initial public offering as it looks to commercialize its cardiac tissue regeneration and organ replacement processes. The Chicago-based company said yesterday it is developing technologies with an end goal of creating a 3D bioprinted viable human heart suitable for transplant. Funds from the offering

3D printing can give your medtech startup a competitive edge

You need to be fast and nimble to compete. A strong maker culture enabled by 3D design and 3D printing could be the way to do it. Derek Mathers, Worrell It can be a lonely world for medical and biotechnology startup entrepreneurs during the early days. Despite their deep desire to introduce and scale novel life-extending

Webinar: 3D printing at Medtronic – Sept. 5, 2017

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 2:00pm EDT / 11:00am PDT     Learn how 3D printing empowers medical device manufacturer Medtronic to bring products to clinical use faster, develop better therapies and personalize patient care. With functionally accurate, 3D printed prototypes, Medtronic can complete more design revisions in less time, empower physician feedback through an improved

Medtech stories we missed this week: Aug. 18, 2017

From Nemaura’s new Oceania distribution deal to Sanuwave’s promissory note expansion, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Nemaura inks Oceania distribution deal for SugarBeat patch Nemaura announced in an Aug. 15 press release that it has signed a non-binding distribution deal with Device Technologies for

3D printed living tissue may eliminate animal testing

English scientists have figured out a way to 3D print cells grown in a laboratory to create living structures. Researchers at the University of Oxford and the Center for Molecular Medicine at Bristol were able to showcase how human and animal cells could be printed into high-resolution tissue constructs. Being able to control the position

This 3D printed implant replaces skull bone

A New Jersey doctor turned to Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Synthes and a 3D printed implant to replace missing skull bone in a patient. The procedure was performed after the patient suffered brain swelling and the skull became infected. Dr. Gaurav Gupta, assistant professor of neurosurgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, had to

Stratasys shares steady on Q2 beat

Shares in Stratasys have fallen slightly today, even as the 3D printing and additive manufacturing company met expectations on Wall Street with its second quarter earnings results. The Eden Prairie, Minn.–based company posted losses of $6.2 million, or 11¢ per share, on sales of $170 million for the 3 months ended June 30, seeing losses

Proto Labs officially adds new HP 3D printing technology to offerings

Quick turn manufacturer Proto Labs announced today that it’s added HP’s Multi Jet Fusion to its suite of 3D printing technologies. Proto Labs (Maple Plain, Minn.) had already been among a number of companies testing the HP industrial-grade 3D printing tech. HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology employs an inkjet array to apply fusing and detailing