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  • Medical Grade Plastics for Safe and Effective Medical Devices

    Drug delivery devices, surgical tools, in-vitro diagnostics, orthopedics and other healthcare segments benefit immensely from the use of proven medical grade plastic compounds that help create safe and effective medical devices. Problem-Solving compounds for medical devices include: Thermoplastic Elastomers, Antistatic Plastics and Structural Compounds. details>>
  • Lasers Ensure Particulate Free Joining of Plastic Parts

    As plastic medical devices get smaller and more intricate, engineers have fewer options for assembling them.rnrnFriction-based joining processes work fine for most assemblies, but they can also generate particulates, and that?s a no-no for some medical devices. For example, the fluid channels inside a blood test cassette might be a millimeter wide. Even small particulates could impair the... details>>
  • Putting Nanotechnology to Work in Industry

    A new nanocomposite project (called The OptiNanoPro) began recently in Europe that aims to exploit the potential of nanotechnology for industrial applications. Nanocomposite materials are promising for many sectors, as they can make polymers stronger, less water and gas permeable, tune surface properties, and add functionalities such as antimicrobial effects. The project will be focused in... details>>
  • The Promise of 4D Printing

    Director/research scientist of the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT?s Dept. of Architecture, Skylar Tibbits has been leading a unique research collaboration between MIT and the education and R&D departments of Stratasys, which promises to shape the next development to 3D printing. Coined and popularized by Tibbits, 4D printing--whereby the fourth dimension is time?refers to his group?s research that... details>>
  • 3D Printing Clocks In at the Factory

    The biggest driver of a $4.1 billion market for 3D printing/additive manufacturing services and products has been its integration into traditional manufacturing workflows. Manufacturers are moving well beyond rapid prototyping and using 3D printing for fixtures, jigs, mold and die creation, tooling, and to create finished parts. It is also changing the way engineers design parts, assemblies and... details>>
  • Polymer Device Could Save the Limbs of Injured Soldiers

    Soldiers wounded by gunshots and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) may soon be treated with a polymer-based medical device that can literally save limbs by promoting new bone growth. Initial materials will be ready for military trials in wounded soldiers by early 2016. The recently completed pilot study involved the use of a biodegradable polymer scaffold that bridges the injured bone site,... details>>
  • World\'s Most Precise Weld Made at TWI Using EB Lithography and Laser Technologies

    A novel welding technique enabled by electron beam lithography, involving laser welding along absorber dye patterns, has been developed by TWI Ltd in collaboration with the University of Cambridge. The result is the world?s smallest weld in thermoplastic material, bringing with it new applications for smaller scale biological analysis chips, chemical micro-reactors and electronics products. details>>
  • Additive Manufacturing Takes Off in Aerospace Industry

    Additive manufacturing is the biggest thing to hit the aerospace industry since composites. It's transforming the way engineers build and design engines and thousands of other components. In the near future, everything from jetliners to satellites will be assembled differently because of 3D-printed parts.Additive manufacturing allows companies to more easily manufacture complex shapes and... details>>
  • PVC-Free Blood Bags Enter In-Vitro Studies

    Whatever you may think about the science supporting the alleged health risks of PVC and phthalates, the marketing battle has been lost. "PVC free" is a slogan that resonates in the public space, much in the same way as gluten free does. Danish company Melitek has been at the forefront of developing and supplying thermoplastic elastomer and polyolefin compounds for use as PVC replacement... details>>
  • 3D Printing: The Next Medical Miracle?

    The continuing focus on rising health care costs is one reason why there is so much interest among the medical community in 3D printing technology. 3D printing offers a cost-effective way to produce personalized medical devices, especially in developing countries, where funding and resources for health care are scarce. details>>
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