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Bioprinting: 3D Printing Comes to Life

Anthony Atala and James Yoo, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine

2/10/2015

3D printing is driving innovation in many areas, from engineering and manufacturing to art and education. The technology is also being broadly applied in medicine—from printing prosthetic limbs to making patient-specific models of body parts that surgeons use as guides during reconstructive surgery. Full Article

Small Improvements in Medical



Contributing Editor Ilene Wolff

2/11/2015

Medical device maker Donna Bibber put a client’s invention—a one-dose powder medication inhaler—on her web site hoping it might attract a pharmaceutical company interested in acquiring it.After all, she said, her takeaway from a recent pharmaceutical show is that drug manufacturers are trying to eke out more revenue from medications with expiring patents by reintroducing them in new delivery systems. Full Article

Rising Sons at Micro Mold and Plastikos



Senior Editor Michael C. Anderson

1/1/2015

The Erie, Pennsylvania companies Micro Mold and Plastikos make highly engineered precision parts for an ever more demanding client base in the medical and other industries. Both companies also have reputations as great places to work. The companies’ success is directly related to the culture of each workplace, according to their CEOs—who are themselves directly related. Full Article

Part Inspection Speeds Up at Triangle Manufacturing



Ken Gredick, Engineering Manager, Triangle Manufacturing Co.

2/5/2015

Triangle Manufacturing Co. was established in 1955 by William F. Strohmeyer and two other enterprising engineers in a suburban New Jersey garage. It’s grown steadily over three generations to become a leading provider of highly complex, tight tolerance surgical implants, medical instruments and powered hand tools. Full Article

Enabling Long-Winded Speech



Edited by Senior Editor Michael Anderson from information provided by Morgan Advanced Materials

12/11/2014

New speech valve implant with high-purity zirconia lasts eight times longer than traditional silicon. Here's how it was made. Morgan Advanced Materials worked with the University of Hull (Hull, UK) to develop a new valve used to restore vocal function for patients with throat cancer. The new tracheo-oesophageal fistula speech valve uses Zyranox biocompatible yttria partially-stabilized zirconia, specifically developed for surgical implant devices. Full Article

Medical Manufacturing Without the Manual



Edited by Senior Editor Michael Anderson from information provided by Mazak

12/11/2014

Lowell Inc., a medical contract manufacturer in Minneapolis, sometimes ignores part machining cycle times, and instead focuses its attention on overall throughput speed. In its current state, the shop could immediately reduce several of its machining cycle times by half, but doing so would add significant amounts of manual processing to the equation. Full Article

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