UDI laser marking: Here’s the key to making it durable

Optimized lasers and passivation can make the difference when it comes to creating durable UDI laser markings for medical devices, according to a new long-term case study. Tuttlingen, Germany–based Add’n Solutions, worked with FOBA Laser Marking+Engraving to test the marking processes. The results found that FOBA’s short pulse fiber making lasers worked better when optimized to adapt to

Proto Labs announces on-demand molded production parts

Digital manufacturing company Proto Labs this week announced it has added new on-demand molding capabilities to address the needs of the low-volume, high-mix product segment. The idea is to address both prototyping and on-demand manufacturing needs. “Since every manufacturing project is different, our two injection molding options let customers begin to focus on what is really needed from

Resonetics adds applications development lab and nitinol processing to San Diego facility

Resonetics has announced its plans to add a Lightspeed ADLTM application development lab to its manufacturing site in San Diego. The site will offer a variety of micro manufacturing tools to service medical device and diagnostics customers and will feature various laser wavelengths optimized for polymers, glass and metals. In addition, the San Diego facility

Stratasys and Desktop Metal partner to speed up metal additive manufacturing

Stratasys and Desktop Metal announced that the 2 companies will be extending their strategic partnership to help speed up the accessibility and use of metal additive manufacturing. The new partnership includes distribution efforts and outlines other go-to-market activities for the future. As a polymer 3D printing company, Stratasys’s collaboration with Desktop Metal’s metal 3D printing is

TE Connectivity acquires MicroGroup

TE Connectivity has acquired MicroGroup, a Medway, Mass.–based provider of precision metal shafts for medical devices. The deal, which TE Medical SVP and general manager Paraic Curtis announced in a message to customers on May 1, is but the latest in a number of acquisitions TE has made in recent years to strengthen its medical device

CSS to exhibit at medical tradeshows in Boston this spring

CSS (Connecticut Spring & Stamping) offers a broad range of technical expertise to develop and manufacture complex components and assemblies for the medical industry. The company manufactures precision metal parts and assemblies for OEMs on a global scale. The Connecticut manufacturer’s clients include major players like Pfizer, Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson, Stryker and more. CSS

Liquidmetal passes implant study

Liquidmetal Technologies announced it has passed additional pre-screening biocompatibility tests for use in medical implants and is now pursuing collaborations with medical implant companies. Last month, Liquidmetal Technologies received long-term implantation results from parts 3, 10, 6 and 11 of the ISO 10993 (Biological Evaluation of Medical Devices) suite of tests, which include evaluation of

MD&M West 2017: 7 medical device industry supplier innovations

Updated Feb. 10, 2017 More than 20,000 engineers and executives headed to Anaheim, California, over the past week for MD&M West—which its creator UBM bills as the world’s largest annual medical device manufacturing event. The event boasts a multitude of medical device–related products and services, ranging from co-extrusion to metal cleaning fluids. Here are 7 of the

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Medtech stories we missed: Feb. 3, 2017

From disappointing Getinge earnings to a $2.25 billion U.S. Defense Department contract for Cardinal Health to a host of 510(k) clearances, here are seven recent medtech stories that are still worth a mention. 1. Getinge disappoints on earnings—again Getinge stock took a nearly 10% tumble last week after releasing earnings that Reuters says lagged analyst

MicroCare Medical introducing metal cleaner at MD&M West

MicroCare Medical, the industry’s leading supplier of advanced cleaners, coatings and lubricants for medical devices, will use MD&M West Expo in Anaheim, Calif. as the platform in which to highlight its new cleaning chemistry, Tergo Metal Cleaning Fluid. The new Tergo Metal Cleaning Fluid is a highly effective double-duty cleaner, easily degreasing metal parts and

Trumpf touting laser cutting, welding and marking tech

Trumpf will highlight laser cutting, welding and marking technologies, ideal for the intricate requirements of medical device manufacturing, at Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West 2017. Trumpf will show the TruMicro Mark 2000, the first fully-integrated ultrashort pulse laser for marking, which was recently introduced to the North American market. The laser’s ultrashort pulses make

GE wants to dominate 3D printing: Here’s how

A new big gorilla has entered the 3D printing space, and it is called General Electric. GE said Wednesday that GE Additive will work with GE Capital to both sell and finance metal additive machines. The news is but another sign of just how important officials at the multinational industrial company view 3D printing’s potential

How do additive manufacturing technologies lower medical product development barriers?

Daniel Anderson/Director of Emerging Technologies/NN, Inc. Precision Engineered Products (PEP) Group Additive manufacturing (AM) – also known as 3D printing – technologies can produce parts directly from CAD models, often reducing costs and lead times while making it possible to produce complex geometries that would be difficult or impossible to reproduce even with the most

What should be considered when pursing nitinol-based products?

Norman Noble, Inc. The nickel-and-titanium alloy known as nitinol is a super-elastic shape-memory alloy responsible for major advances in medical technology over the last 15 years. Nitinol is a highly elastic material that can be processed to maintain a desired geometry. These properties, combined with high fatigue resistance and its ability to provide constant force

Foster introduces nano reinforced nylon alloys for structural medical components

Foster Corporation, a leader in polymer solutions for healthcare markets, introduces Nanomed MAX compounds for medical device components that require high strength, yet cannot use metals or traditional reinforced plastics. These compounds, based on an alloy of meta-xylene diamine polyamide (MX nylon), are United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Class VI tested and suitable for reusable instruments