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

AlloSource distributes first bioengineered blood vessels for Humacyte Phase III clinical trial

AlloSource, one of the nation’s largest providers of cartilage, cellular, bone, skin and soft-tissue allografts for use in surgical procedures and wound care to advance patient healing, announced the distribution of investigational bioengineered blood vessels for Humacyte’s Phase III clinical trials. The first shipment of vessels will be used in the upcoming Phase III clinical

Startups can get medical device prototypes built through Draper’s Sembler initiative

Students and university faculty who found startups to develop new medical devices often find costs and access to facilities to test and prototype the technologies are prohibitive once they leave academia. Further, few manufacturers will build devices in small batches for development, testing and further iteration. Draper is working with startups to address these needs

Medical gets a new material: Reviewing optical LSR

Here is a sentence you don’t see everyday: A new material has hit the streets and it could change the rules of medical manufacturing. Optical liquid silicone rubber (LSR) is a transparent, flexible thermoset material that has been replacing PC, acrylic and occasionally glass in many optical applications. The characteristics of optical LSR may also have

Newport adds rapid prototyping to Corion optics manufacturing facility

Newport Corporation, a global manufacturer in photonics solutions and optics products and systems has completed a capacity expansion and upgrade of its Corion optical filter and replicated mirror manufacturing facility in Franklin, MA.  The facility now hosts several new coating chambers as well as dedicated space for future technology upgrades. The primary goal in adding these systems to

Rock West Medical Devices raises $1.3m

Rock West Medical Devices said in a regulatory filing that it raised $1.25 million from a single, unnamed investor. San Juan Capistrano, Calif.-based Rock West Medical is a subsidiary of Rock West Solutions, which according to its website provides R&D and product development services for advanced composite structures and applied sensors. The company ultimately hopes to raise $3 million

NIH uses photon-counting CT scanner in patients for the first time

The Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health is investigating the potential use of a new generation of a computerized tomography (CT) scanner, called a photon-counting detector CT scanner, in a clinical setting. The prototype technology is expected to replicate the image quality of conventional CT scanning, but may also provide health care specialists

High-performance Atmel SAMA5D2 Xplained Ultra from element14 for fast prototyping and evaluation

element14 and Atmel today announced the launch of Atmel’s new SAMA5D2 Xplained Ultra evaluation kit, a high-performance, fast prototyping and evaluation platform for the Atmel | SMART SAMA5D2 Series of microprocessors. The board offers multiple memories including eMMC, DDR3 and QSPI as well as a comprehensive set of connectivity options. With its secure design architecture,

New rapid development prototype services

Norman Noble, Inc., the world’s leading contract manufacturer of next-generation implants, has added dedicated capacity in its Process Development Centers (PDCs) to produce prototype iterations faster for medical device OEMs. The new capability, dubbed Rapid Development Effort (RDE), is currently available for: · Laser Processing Services – Nitinol Stents, Transcatheter Heart Valves, Neuro Clot Pullers