Nitinol’s unique properties have made it the darling of the medical device industry. A novel technique for mechanically joining nitinol to other metal tubing could reduce cost and mitigate risk. Mark Broadley, Viant Nitinol has revolutionized the medical device industry. With its flexible superelasticity, shape memory and … [Read more...] about What’s next for nitinol tubing?
MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers say they have a way of splitting ventilators which could address many of the safety concerns — potentially boosting the supply of ventilators amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They have demonstrated their concept’s effectiveness in the lab — but they still caution it should be used only as a last resort … [Read more...] about MIT researchers may have invented a safer way of splitting ventilators
Graham Engineering announced today that it has added a new extrusion clamp with electro-mechanical actuation to its American Kuhne product line. The AutoGrip power clamp is safer and simpler to operate than manual devices and provides more repeatable clamping forces, according to York, Pa.-based Graham Engineering. It is designed to reduce … [Read more...] about Graham Engineering adds extrusion clamp
Amid the global crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, hospitals and healthcare facilities are reporting shortages of vital equipment that not only keeps the patients safe, but the staffers, too. One important device for which demand has ramped up is ventilators for patients who need assistance with their breathing due to the respiratory … [Read more...] about Could these DIY ventilators stop coronavirus from killing people?
The FDA has issued draft guidance on arthroscopy pump tubing sets intended for multiple-patient use. Clinicians often use a single source of irrigation fluid for multiple patients without replacing the source of irrigation fluid or replacing/reprocessing the irrigation tubing system between patients. These devices are designed to deliver … [Read more...] about FDA issues draft guidance on multi-use arthroscopy tubing sets
Digital manufacturer Protolabs (NYSE:PRLB) announced today that MedStar Health (Columbia, Md.) and Cleveland Clinic Innovations are joint winners of the company’s Cool Idea Award: Healthcare Grant. These grants provide in-kind manufacturing services to the support development of medical products to spur innovation in the field. MedStar Health’s … [Read more...] about Protolabs’ healthcare grant spurs 2 feeding tube inventions
Developing innovative catheters and minimally invasive surgical devices is hard. These strategies spur inventive solutions and unlock the path to success. Don Baumgarten, Product Creation Studio Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) offers compelling benefits compared to traditional open surgery, such as faster patient recovery, reduced risk of … [Read more...] about How to develop catheters and minimally invasive surgical devices
Freudenberg Medical said today it has added medical balloon development and balloon rapid-prototyping services to its product development center in Minnetonka, Minn. By establishing a "Balloon Development Center of Excellence," Freudenberg has centralized its balloon development activities to further decrease turnaround times for prototypes … [Read more...] about Freudenberg expands medical balloon development in Minnesota
Microspec CEO Tim Steele remembers when polyurethanes were relatively new. It was the 1970s, and the only polyurethanes were industrial grade, not medical grade. Steele is a PEEK pioneer who founded Microspec in 1989 and opened up shop in Jaffrey, N.H. the following year. Microspec has grown and moved twice more, the last time to Peterborough, … [Read more...] about Microspec founder takes the long view on medical tubing
The Weinheim, Germany–based Freudenberg Group has honored its Freudenberg Medical business as an internal innovation award finalist for its Composer catheter handle platform. Company officials have touted the Composer platform as a way to take the handle out of the equation for catheter system creators. It includes finished steerable catheters … [Read more...] about Freudenberg Medical’s catheter handle platform is a big deal for its parent company