Mack Molding invests $5 million to upgrade facilities

Mack Molding (Arlington, Vt.) recently announced that it is investing more than $5 million to increase its manufacturing capabilities in its North Carolina and Vermont facilities. The company plans to increase the large part production capabilities in its Statesville, N.C. facility while also investing in new equipment and day-to-day operational needs at all three of

How researchers are 3D printing sugar scaffolds for tissue engineering and device manufacturing

Engineers at the University of Illinois built a 3D printer that makes a delicate network of thin ribbons from isomalt, the same type of sugar alcohol that is used to make throat lozenges. Since the material is a water-soluble, biodegradable glassy sugar structure, the engineers suggest it could be used in multiple applications, including biomedical

How 3D printing is boosting cancer treatment

Radiologists are creating patient-specific, life-sized 3D printed models to show the location of tumors in bones, organs, nerves and blood vessels. The 3D printing method could help doctors plan treatments for different types of cancers and tumors. In the past, 3D printing has been a valuable tool for clinicians to plan surgeries and make implants

The best medtech funding option you’ve never heard of

Regulation A+ (Reg A+) is a funding option that feels tailor-made for high impact technologies like medtech. Never heard of it? That’s because it didn’t exist until 2015, when the Obama administration passed the JOBS Act. Before then, private companies could only seek backing from the wealthiest 2% of Americans — accredited investors. The new

3D printing can reduce heart valve leaks: Here’s how

Doctors can use 3D printing and computer modeling to predict paravavular leak (PVL) in patients who are undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), according to new research from the University of Minnesota. One of the common risks associated with TAVR is valves not fitting which can cause PVL. A recent study conducted by cardiovascular fellow

How 3D printed cells on the skin could enable wound healing

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are 3D printing electronics and cells directly on the skin that could create new methods for wound healing and enable biological agent detection. The Minnesota researchers used a customized, low-cost 3D printer to print electronics on a human hand. They’ve also successfully printed biological cells on a sin wound of

10 BIOMEDevice Boston exhibitors you need to know

Updated April 20, 2018 BIOMEDevice Boston provides an opportunity for more than 4,000 engineers and executives and 400 suppliers in New England’s design and manufacturing industry to connect and network. The annual event was held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, April 18-19. Hundreds of medical device industry suppliers showcased their latest technologies and capabilities.

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Norman Noble now offering additive manufacturing capabilities

Norman Noble (Highland Heights, Ohio) recently announced that it now has additive manufacturing capabilities that could help with product designs that can’t necessarily be manufactured using standard methods. New additive manufactured and 3D printed parts from the company can be made of metallic based alloys like titanium, stainless and cobalt chrome with the ability to

This patented 3D printing method could boost medical device innovation

Michael McAlpine, a 3D printing pioneer at the University of Minnesota, suspects that a method he helped invent to print semiconductors could help boost innovation in the medical device field and elsewhere. The U.S. Patent Office in February issued a patent for “3D printed active electronic materials and devices.” The patent covers work that McAlpine, a

Is 3D printing going to replace injection molding?

3D printing and injection molding each have their own benefits and limitations when it comes to making medical device parts, according to experts from PTI Engineered Plastics, Carbon and Protolabs.  Medical device parts makers are increasingly turning to 3D printing, but additive manufacturing has yet to reach the tipping point where it could supplant injection molding

This wearable system continuously monitors stomach activity

California researchers have created an electrocardiogram-like system for the gastrointestinal tract that monitors electrical activity in the stomach over a 24-hour period. The system is a wearable, non-invasive system that provides GI activity monitoring outside of clinical settings while increasing the chance of identifying abnormal activity. It is a 3D printed portable box that is

Materialise touts FDA first in clearance of 3D printed anatomical model tech

Materialise said today it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its Mimis inPrint software designed for 3D printing anatomical models for diagnostic use, touting it as the first clearance of its kind. The Belgian company said that last August, the FDA ruled that software designed to create files for 3D printing patient-specific anatomical models for diagnostic purposes […]

China CFDA proposes regulatory framework for 3D-printed medical devices

Stewart Eisenhart, Emergo Group Medical device market regulators at the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) have published new guidance proposing registration requirements for devices produced via 3D printing or additive manufacturing. Get the full story here at the Emergo Group’s blog. The opinions expressed in this blog post are the author’s only and do

K2M leads the pack with 3D printing for spine, analysts say

K2M (Nasdaq: KTWO) continues to lead the 3D printed spine device market with its new 3D printed Mojave expandable cage and its Cascadia family of 3D printed implants, according to a new equity research report out of Barclays. Leesburg, Va.–based K2M presently has a 3D printed portfolio with 10 approved products making up about 12%

This 3D-printed device analyzes tissue cells from rheumatoid arthritis

Researchers in New York have created a 3D-printed, portable and low-cost microfluidic controller that analyzes tissue cells and can recognize fibroblast subtypes in rheumatoid arthritis patients. Single-cell analysis is a way for researchers to study how cells influence disease and their response to treatment, but there is a lack of cost-effective and user-friendly devices to