10 new crowdfunded health devices that will intrigue you

With crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, companies can obtain the funding for ideas they want to come to life (even potato salad parties), with the promise of something in return to the donors. And while crowdfunding presents challenges for regulated medical devices, it’s proven to be a boon for startups touting potentially innovative health and

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How Proto Labs is helping to make bioabsorbable surgical staples

Quick-turn contract manufacturer Proto Labs is playing an important role helping Opus KSD (Peacham, Vt.) ramp up production of  SubQ It! – a disposable, handheld surgical stapler that uses bioabsorbable fasteners beneath the skin. Health practitioners generally use bioabsorbable, thread-like material or a surgical stapler with metal staples to close the small openings created during laparoscopic surgery.

7 disruptive innovations from medical device suppliers

Medical device innovation doesn’t just come from small, single-product startups – contract manufacturers are increasingly a part of developing truly disruptive medtech.  Chris Newmarker, Managing Editor People sometimes make the mistake of viewing innovation as the product of a few geniuses and mavericks. But in fact, it is often the result of teamwork, as the writer

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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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Trelleborg to showcase rapid medical device prototyping at MD&M West

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions will showcase its rapid medical device prototyping that facilitates bringing medical devices to market faster and helps to drive innovation at MD&M West on Feb. 7-9 in Anaheim, Calif. Additionally, its advanced liquid silicone rubber (LSR) technology delivers the highest precision, consistency and longevity to optimize performance and meet complex engineering challenges.

Q&A: How to think about insert molding for prototyping

Becky Cater is a product manager at Proto Labs, with specific expertise in injection molding, overmolding, and insert molding. She recently answered some of Medical Design and Outsourcing’s key questions about insert molding, and offered some insight on how rapid manufacturing is making the technology more accessible than ever before. MDO editor: What is insert

Gaining a competitive edge with digital manufacturing

Rob Bodor, VP and GM of the Americas, Proto Labs As suppliers to medtech manufacturers, we’ve had the opportunity to work with a variety of companies in this space—from large medical device OEMs to early-stage medtech firms—to help deliver transformative technologies and products to market. This market is sizeable, and a fiercely competitive one. The United

New imaging technique could better spot ortho implant infections

Prosthetic joint infection is becoming a costly and rising problem in the U.S., simply because of the rising numbers of joint replacements occurring. University of California San Diego engineers suspect they have a new non-invasive method to detect the infections early, in orthopedic implants as well as prosthetics used by amputees. The new prosthetic infection

Electronic ‘hairy skin’ could give robots a more human sense of touch

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces Electronic-skin prototypes are stretchy, thin films that can sense temperature, pressure and even monitor blood oxygen or alcohol levels. But most of these devices are missing a key feature of real skin that allows us to feel a wider range of conditions: hair. Now researchers have combined hair-like wires with

Can I use overmolding in prototypes?

Becky Carter/Product Manager/ProtoLabs Overmolding is the process of molding two or more materials together to create a single part. The process is used in medical devices, for example, to create soft-touch grip handles for surgical instruments. The technology can improve functionality and comfort for users. Overmolding can also be used to mold multiple colors on

6 ways to cut machining costs

By Tony Holtz, technical specialist at Proto Labs Machining gets a bit more complex every year, which means it can be challenging to keep pace with the do’s and don’ts of part design. But cutting the cost of machined parts while improving functionality can still be achieved by a few relatively simple adjustments to your part

Roland DGA to showcase education-enhancing technologies at ACTE CareerTech Expo

Roland DGA, a leading provider of wide-format printers, rapid prototyping 3D milling machines and other innovative digital devices, will be showcasing its latest technologies at the ACTE CareerTech Expo, December 1-2, 2016 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Visitors to booth 1020 can get a firsthand look at some of Roland’s latest product introductions in

Design tips for overmolding prototypes

With the new push for faster and faster development prototyping outfits such as Proto labs have been adding a new services. A key new service is overmolding plastic for medical parts. Medical designers can now introduce overmolding early into their design process. But there are challenges. Becky Cater reviews best practices and some of the

Microfluidics manufacturing: Advanced manufacturing techniques ease the process

The microfluidics market is expected to reach $7.5 billion by 2020, up from $3.1 billion in 2015, at a compound annual growth rate of 19.3%, according to Market & Markets. The microfluidics market has grown over the last decade due to the growing pharmaceutical and biotechnology research funding, rising incidences of lifestyle diseases and rising geriatric population. However, high prices

MedTech Chat podcast: Students design device to monitor fetal oxygen levels

Dr. Magdalena Sanz Cortes is an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine. She advises senior engineering students at Rice University who have created a prototype of a device to monitor the pulse and oxygen levels of a fetus undergoing endoscopic fetal surgery in a mother’s womb. The WombOx team of