Mack Molding expands personnel to meet future needs

Mack Molding has recently added a number of new personnel to help the company mobilize its resources. Several engineers in tooling, manufacturing and quality positions have joined the company, along with customer-focused roles. “Mack is experiencing unprecedented activity and we continue to invest in the equipment, technology and training to ensure we are ready to

Spectralytics launches DFM product development facility for laser services

In the new medtech manufacturing environment, design engineers need parts faster, with fewer iterations and quicker turnaround. Spectralytics aims to meet those needs with its revamped development center in Maple Plain, Minn. The laser cutting and processing contract manufacturer has a newly expanded facility dedicated to design and prototyping. The 15,000 sq. ft. facility is located

This artificial muscle can expand 15 times larger than natural muscles

Columbia University researchers have developed a 3D printed soft artificial muscle that can stretch 15 times larger than natural muscles, creating a breakthrough for soft robotics in a healthcare setting. Researchers at Columbia Engineering in the Creative Machines lab developed the one-of-a-kind artificial active tissue that has intrinsic expansion that does not need external compressors

This nerve-blocking treatment could treat asthma and heart failure

Electrical nerve-blocking implants could help treat asthma and heart failure, according to new research from Case Western Reserve University. Niloy Bhadra and Kevin Kilgore, professors of biomedical engineering and orthopedic surgery respectively, have been working on the nerve-blocking research since 2000. The research blocks unwanted generation of nerve impulses in a variety of clinical applications.

Mack Medical promoting manufacturing and engineering services at DeviceTalks Boston

MackMedical/Mack Molding is a full-service contract manufacturer specializing in plastics design, prototyping, molding, sheet metal fabrication, machining and medical device manufacturing. Founded in 1920, Mack is a privately-owned business operating out of 11 facilities in North America. Coupled with Synectic Medical Product Development – its product development arm focuses on design, research, development, and manufacturing

Graham Engineering announces new process engineer

Graham Engineering has announced that it has appointed Brad Lovelace as its new process engineer. Lovelace will be a part of the process technology team at the company and will be responsible for technical and customer support like product development, product and system testing. “Brad brings a demonstrated track record of medical extrusion operations and

Cells can be programmed into living devices: Here’s how

Synthetic biologists at Harvard University have programmed microbial cells into living devices that can produce drugs, fine chemicals and biofuels and detect disease-causing agents. A team of biologists at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering fit cells with artificial molecular machinery that could sense stimuli like toxins in the environment, metabolite levels and inflammatory

This tissue paper is made from actual organ tissues

Northwestern University researchers have created biomaterials made from animal organs and tissues that could potentially support natural hormone production in young cancer patients and aid wound healing. The materials, aptly named tissue papers, are made from structural proteins that are excreted by cells and give organs their forms and structures. The tissue papers are thin and

8 ways 3D printing is making surgery remarkable

3D printing is already making a difference in healthcare: It enables models of organs to train surgeons and educate patients –and improve surgical outcomes. Doctors previously had to examine actual organs with their hands to get a feel for what they need to do surgically. Now, MRIs and 3D printers eliminate the need to put

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New website brings biomedical engineering professionals together

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has launched a new website that is designed to bring the biomedical engineering community together and provide access to research and development advances. The Alliance of Advanced Biomedical Engineering (AABME) gathers technical articles, reports and other content about subjects including cell therapy, thermal medicine, medical devices, 3D printing

How stem cells are creating kidney filtration on a chip

Harvard researchers have developed a glomerulus membrane to mimic the kidney’s filtration system in vitro by using engineered human stem cells. The glomerulus is a structure that has podocyte cells that tightly wrap around capillaries. The cells and the capillaries are separated by a thin membrane of extracellular matrix and between them, a filtration barrier

When designing medical devices, consider the hands

Heather Thompson and Chris Newmarker Our hands are the emotional and physical link to our environment. They are also the link to our brain. “What I try to tell people is how complicated the hand is,” Bryce Rutter, founder and CEO of Metaphase, told MDO this week at MD&M East in New York. Rutter is

4 steps to deeper medical device design insights

When it comes to medical device design insights, Karten Design might have a helpful tool with its “Voice of the Ecosystem” approach. There are many changes to the healthcare system, Eunji Park, lead design strategist at Karten Design, explained during a webinar this week entitled, “Unpacking the Ecosystem of Healthcare Consumers.” Cost increases in the healthcare

Engineered tissue could eliminate radiation for bone marrow transplants

University of California San Diego engineers have created artificial bone tissue that could eliminate the need for radiation before bone marrow transplants. Shyni Varghese, a bioengineering professor at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, led a team to develop a bone-like implant to eliminate the pre-treatment radiation that kills stem cells in a patient’s bone

What you need to know about industrial design and medtech

Worrell, a life sciences design firm in Minneapolis, recently came up with a metaphor for what industrial design offers the medical devices space: It’s “art in the OR.” So why does the OR or the medical device field in general need art? Worrell’s founder Bob Worrell lists 2 companies: Apple and Google. “Wouldn’t think of