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Lasers Advance Medical Device Miniaturization

Scott Sullivan, Business Development Manager, ESI


The trends in medical devices today are clear: smaller, more effective, more reliable and less invasive. Breakthrough devices are continually being developed with the potential to raise the quality of treatment and produce better outcomes for patients. The challenge facing the industry, however, is developing the manufacturing techniques to allow dramatically miniaturized devices to be produced in sufficient volume and at attractive enough prices so they are available to the majority of people requiring them. Full Article

The Next Step for Bioprinting: 3D Printing Skin

Contributing Editor Ilene Wolff


Bioengineers working toward bioprinting skin for laboratory testing may be part of the answer for clinicians interested in a solution that’s easier on patients for covering severe burns with new skin. In 2015, at least three companies enlisted the help of bioengineers to develop bioprinted skin that could be used for testing cosmetics and consumer preparations, a step that holds promise for testing pharmaceuticals as well. Full Article

First FDA-Approved Medicine Created With 3D Printing Now Available

Press Release - Aprecia Pharmacueticals


Aprecia Pharmaceuticals today announced that SPRITAM® (levetiracetam) tablets, for oral suspension, is now available as an adjunctive therapy in the treatment of partial onset seizures, myoclonic seizures and primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures. SPRITAM is the first prescription drug product approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that is manufactured using 3D printing technology. Full Article

Medical Machining Tightens Up

Senior Editor Michael C. Anderson


The medical device market finds ways to stay in the headlines in one way or another, whether it’s because of big mergers (such as Medtronic’s acquisition of Covidien) or tax-inversion moves (such as Medtronic’s subsequent relocation of its headquarters to Ireland). Medical device companies and their lobbyists continue to push back against the US medical device tax used to cover some of the costs of the Affordable Care Act. And recalls of medical products certainly get into the media. Full Article

Medical Device Shop Thrives with Multitasking

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


Constant innovation is the life force behind business success at Conmed Orthopedics in Largo, FL. The company specializes in medical devices for orthopedic, arthroscopic, and laparoscopic surgery. Conmed Largo currently manufactures about 4300 different part catalog numbers and introduces many innovative new products each and every year. Competition is tough, and Conmed must continuously boost efficiency and shorten product development lead times to get its innovations to market as quickly as possible. Full Article

Optical Metrology and Automation – a Natural Fit

Contributing Editor Bruce Morey


Automation in manufacturing is more important than ever, reducing costs and improving quality. While it is important in assembling cars, machining engines, or drilling holes in airframes, is it important to metrology operations as well? “Absolutely,” explained Michael Kleemann, engineering manager VRSI (Plymouth, MI). “The evolution of automated measurement is tightly linked with the evolution of automated manufacturing in general. As manufacturing automation becomes more powerful and flexible, it requires more measurement and closed-loop control. Full Article

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