Offering more options and flexibility, Minnesota Rubber and Plastics present custom miniature components

Enhanced component or assembly performance often requires advanced polymers including custom blends. This is particularly true designing fluid delivery systems, or for many static or dynamic applications. Minnesota Rubber and Plastics molds miniature components for these devices using custom blends of polyether ether ketone (PEEK), polycarbonate, polysulphone, Nylon, polyethylene, polypropylene, FKM and EPDM elastomers. Many

Graphene-based film can be used for efficient cooling of electronics

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a method for efficiently cooling electronics using graphene-based film. The film has a thermal conductivity capacity that is four times that of copper. Moreover, the graphene film is attachable to electronic components made of silicon, which favors the film’s performance compared to typical graphene characteristics shown in

Material sourcing at engineers’ fingertips with new Sourcebook

Boyd Technologies announced the launch of its Sourcebook material sourcing website www.sourcebookmaterials.com. Sourcebook is a vertically integrated material sourcing solution developed by Boyd Technologies and focuses on improving search, comparison and sampling of advanced flexible materials. The website, which will launch at the EWMA tradeshow in London, will display the specifications of thousands of advanced

Start of helpful humanoid robots? CITEC uses compact LDS component as sensor array

Editor’s Note: LaserMicronics, a service provider for laser-based manufacturing, has released the whitepaper “Robot hand with a sensitive touch: LDS tactile sensors for sensorimotor skills.” The paper describes a 2014 project from the CITEC department at Bielefeld University in Bielefeld, Germany, where researchers created a tactile sensor resembling a human fingertip. The sensor was then

Nature meets technology: Festo’s BionicANTs cooperate to solve a common task

Editor’s Note: Festo, an industrial control and automation company, has released the whitepaper “BionicANTs: Cooperative behavior based on a natural model.” The paper describes the BionicANT, a creation of Festo engineers that duplicates the physical anatomy of its natural counterpart and reproduces the insect’s cooperative behavior. Festo engineers have used the delicate anatomy of an

Exciting possibilities for metallic glass in the medical device world

Researchers are exploring the potential of metallic glass as a versatile, pliable material that is stronger than steel, with a bevy of possible medical device applications. Yale University engineers have discovered a unique method for designing metallic glass nanostructures across a wide range of chemicals, a technique that could have applications for everything from watch

Silicone: Expanding the horizon for modern medical devices

Editor’s note: This article comes from Albright Technologies a manufacturer of custom silicone prototypes and provides volume production for medical, pharmaceutical, industrial, and other applications. Silicone materials have been around for more than 70 years. Beginning in the 1960s, silicones have played an important and evolving part in products designed for the medical field. Since that time,

Albright Technologies expands their silicone offerings

Albright Technologies, a rapid silicone prototyper, has added silicone injection molding tooling and services to its product lineup. Liquid silicone injection molding became a suitable product offering as Albright expanded its offerings to better serve the silicone molding market. While silicone prototypes are commonly manufactured with low volumes in mind; injection molded liquid silicone rubber parts are

A few ideas for improving productivity in medical processes

Drive-based vibration and slosh control can help improve throughput in machines that assemble medical devices and products. Bipin Sen • Ed Lasch Bosch Rexroth Corporation www.boschrexroth-us.com Simply increasing the speed of a system that assembles medical devices, or packages medical products, seems like an easy way to boost throughput – until unwanted vibration (either induced