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

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