What is prototyping?

Prototyping is the process of building a model or early working version of a product. A prototype is an original type, form, or instance of something serving as an example, basis or standard for other things of the same category. Advantages Reduces development time and costs Requires user involvement Gives developers quantifiable feedback Facilitates device

The need for speed . . . in product innovation

The speed at which medtech companies can innovate is a significant indicator of their success. Speed enables firms to catch trends and improve quality of care. In 2015, Boston Consulting Group released a list of the 50 most innovative companies, and although they were from all industries, several medical technology firms made the list. BCG cites

Norman Noble introduces new rapid development prototype services

Norman Noble 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 5-axis Micro Milling & Turning—Polyaxial Screws, Bone Plates Rapid Development Effort fills

NPI Medical expands assembly and kitting capabilities

NPI Medical is pleased to announce an expansion of its assembly and kitting operations at their facility in Ansonia, Connecticut. “We have been providing assembly and kitting services to our customers for several years and see this as a natural way to help our customers redefine their supply chains,” said Randy Ahlm, CEO of NPI

Stratasys forms a Medical Solutions Group

The use of 3D printing in medical applications shows no signs of stopping. 3D printing is being used to prototype and manufacture surgical models and medical devices, among other applications. A number of 3D printing vendors are making moves to provide for the growing demand. Stratasys Ltd., for example, has introduced the Stratasys Medical Solutions

Motors make spectrophotometer foolproof

Mike LeBlanc / Applications Engineer / MICROMO Scientists working in genomics and proteomics need results at the touch of a button, so they can set about their real work: drug discovery, advanced diagnostics and understanding the stuff of life. When DeNovix set out to develop a spectrophotometer for life science analysis, they focused on designing

The human touch: Amputees can now control and feel with prosthetic limbs

Editor’s Note: This article is written by Allison Willson on Sept. 17, 2015. This story was reposted courtesy of Medicine at Michigan magazine. A paradigm shift in prosthetics is happening at the University of Michigan (U-M). Scientists have developed surgical techniques and technology that will allow amputees to control prosthetic limbs just as they would their own arms

MedTech Chat: Elastic technology for drug delivery

Dr. Zhen Gu and Dr. Yong Zhu from North Carolina State University are both co-senior authors of a research paper describing their recent work. Dr. Gu, Dr. Zhu and other researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a drug delivery technology that consists of an

Robotic arm for real-time MRI guidance

Fannin Innovation Studio, an early-stage life science commercialization firm, and the University of Houston have formed a startup company around the college’s robotic arm technology, which enables interventions using real-time MRI guidance. GuidaBot is developing a robotic, four-degree-of-freedom manipulator designed to work within the powerful magnetic field of an MRI, allowing physicians to perform interventions

U.S. Army Research Office backs NYU engineering team’s investigation of hydrogels that could heal wounds or stick like Spiderman

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Army Research Office (ARO) recently awarded a New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering researcher a grant to advance protein-engineered, environmentally responsive hydrogels that could replicate biochemical processes currently found only in nature. These protein hydrogels could become fundamental building blocks of important new biomimetic materials. Associate Professor Jin Kim

Six mobile health startups from the first White House demo day

Editor’s Note: This article was written by Jonah Comstock for mobi health news. As his time in office draws to a close, President Obama hosted a tech startup demo day in the White House on August 3. Although the primary purpose of the demo day was to showcase diversity in tech entrepreneurship, a number of mobile health

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

New algorithms deliver faster speeds and more efficient 3D prints

Formlabs, makers of the Form 1+ 3D Printer, released new functionality that improves performance of their printers. Draft Mode, a new print resolution, allows the Form 1+ to…

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Software enables design freedom for additive manufacturing

The combination of topology optimization software and additive manufacturing can help you create a new generation of exciting products. Tony Norton and Chad Zamler • solidThinking 3D printing…

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Should you 3D print in house or not?

The prices of some 3D printers are coming down, making it more affordable to own one of your own, even a desktop version. Still, it can be better…

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