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  • Crack under pressure – mitigating environmental stress damage

    Environmental stress cracking is a huge issue for medical device manufacturers. It can affect any device containing polymers, especially those that will be implanted in the body or need to be heavily disinfected. What are manufacturers doing to mitigate the problem, and what can other industry stakeholders do to help? Abi Millar speaks to Professor James Runt of Pennsylvania State University to find out how this issue can be resolved.

  • Press ‘print’ – the 3D printing revolution

    Additive manufacturing – also known as 3D printing – is one of those rare technologies that has transformed an entire industry. Using a digital template, the technique makes it possible to create an object of almost any shape by adding successive layers of material. Kim Thomas speaks to Lewis Mullen, manager in advanced technology at Stryker, about how the technology is changing as it becomes mainstream.

  • Hit the mark – the process of laser marking

    What benefits will the spread of laser marking bring to medical device manufacturers? Medical Device Developments looks into how the process can aid the industry in providing better traceability for its products, and the ways in which manufacturers can use the process to ensure safety and security are easily achieved. Andrew Putwain speaks to Professor Peter Ogrodnik from Keele University, who has written about laser marking’s effect on medical devices, how the process works and what manufacturers need to know.

  • Partner up – building a global manufacturing network

    Regional manufacturing can bring big benefits for medical device companies looking to get closer to their markets, but it’s not an easy model to implement. Elly Earls meets Johnson & Johnson’s Andreas Rühe to find out more about the advantages of building a global contract manufacturing organisation network, and how to do it right.

  • United we stand – how partnerships drive technological innovation

    In the past, medical device OEMs turned to CMOs for outsourcing labour and manufacturing. Now, they are partnering in record numbers at the design and development stage too. Lars Hahn and other experts provide insights into why this is happening and how these partnerships can help drive technological innovation in med-tech.

  • Going platinum – new medical device materials

    Platinum offers lightweight, safe, more affordable and easier to use options for surgical matters – so it’s no wonder the product is a growth area for medical device manufacturers. Steve Larsen, senior research and development manager at Boston Scientific, and Dr Ian Menown, consultant cardiologist and director of interventional cardiology at the Craigavon Cardiac Centre, talk about the latest advances and where research will go next.

  • Major laser – the miniaturisation of the machining process

    As the demand for miniaturised parts continues to strengthen across the medical sector, lasers have assumed a pivotal role in the machining process. Greg Noone talks to Professor Duncan Hand, director of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Laser-Based Production, about the current state of the field.

  • Hospital hackers – mitigating hospital cybersecurity risks

    Patient safety is only the beginning of the cybersecurity hazards posed by medical internet-of-things devices. Steve Abrahamson, GE Healthcare’s senior director for product cybersecurity, talks to Eleanor Wilson about the risks of legacy products and the need for open collaboration.

  • Bionic human – the evolution of 3D-printed medical devices

    From stretchable electronics compatible with human skin to functioning ears, there seems to be no end in sight for 3D-printed medical devices. With technology progressing at a dizzying pace, Michael McAlpine, associate professor of engineering at the University of Minnesota, tells Bradford Keen how to regenerate nerves, the importance of biocompatibility, the need for high-speed, plug-and-play 3D medical printers, and what this could mean for manufacturers.