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3D Printing Orthotic and Prosthetic Devices

Arif Sirinterlikci and Isaac Swink, Department of Engineering, Robert Morris University

8/7/2015

3D printing has become the medium of the new technological revolution as its applications diversify from printing food to weapons, from clothing to industrial products. It is also finding more uses in the medical space, including Orthotics and Prosthetics (O&P). According to Constantinos Mavroidis, director of the Biomedical Mechatronics Laboratory at Northeastern University (Boston), for 3D printing to be used on a greater scale in O&P, development and manufacturing times and their associated costs need to be reduced. Full Article

3D Printing Adds the Fourth Dimension (Time)



Lauralyn McDaniel, SME Industry Manager, Medical Manager: Innovation Watch, SME Technology Interchange, Medical Manufacturing Innovations

7/1/2015

Designing and printing a device to change over time—4D printing—helped the University of Michigan’s CS Mott Children’s Hospital save three very young lives. Born with tracheobronchimalacia (TBM), which causes the windpipe to collapse and prevent breathing, all three faced what could have been a short, difficult life. Using a combination of medical and engineering skills, the Michigan team built a splint that would hold the airway open, prevent outside compression of the airway, and bend and change as the child grew. Full Article

Materialise Believes X-rays Mark the Spot When it Comes to Improving Knee Replacement Guides



Contributing Editor Ilene Wolff

6/9/2015

Materialise (Leuven, Belgium) is out to democratize the patient-specific 3D printed guides that orthopedic surgeons use in the operating room when doing knee replacements. Currently, the only patients who can get a guide are those who’ve had a CT or MRI scan of their arthritic knee. That’s because the US Food and Drug Administration only allows use of those imaging technologies as the basis for making the patient-specific guides. Full Article

John Abele, Co-Founder of Boston Scientific, Honored for Lifetime Achievement



Press Release - UBM Canon

6/5/2015

John Abele, will receive the Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award during its annual ceremony on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at the MD&M East event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, 4 p.m. in Room 1E15 – 17. Abele founded Boston Scientific Corporation, a medical device company, with his partner Peter Nicholas, in 1979. Full Article

Laser Marking in Medical: The Dark Arts of Dark Marks



Senior Editor Michael C. Anderson

6/1/2015

There’s been strong motivation for medical device manufacturers to embrace laser marking in recent years. First, of course, there is the FDA, which has been phasing in regulations for medical devices to have a unique device identifier—a UDI—that is permanent and can be read by machine as well as the human eye. But mature marking technologies are also growing more affordable, even as laser machine builders find creative ways to further develop the process and make their brands stand out. Full Article

Small Improvements in Medical



Contributing Editor Ilene Wolff

6/1/2015

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.


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