Sheet metal fabrication is an excellent method of making mechanical parts, especially support brackets. They tend to be cheap, light, strong, and easy to pack and ship. In this article, I explain how to avoid hole distortion in sheet metal parts.
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Diseases of the eye affect the majority of the general population at some point throughout their lifetime, significantly affecting quality of life, especially if access to treatment is not available. They are so prevalent they account for the most common surgical procedure worldwide (Cataract surgery), drive an industry for one of the most common medical […]
Comparing novel drug delivery systems to the traditional needle Injection devices have been around for centuries, and though the ubiquitous needle-tipped plastic syringe hasn’t changed much in the 60+ years of its existence, other technologies have been developed with significant advantages. Though it’s tough to compete with a disposable product that costs just pennies to […]
Prototype Sheet Metal Parts in 4 steps Sheet metal fabrication is an excellent method of making mechanical parts, especially support brackets. They tend to be cheap, light, strong, and easy to pack and ship. However, a major drawback to sheet metal is the setup costs in prototyping: a part might only cost $10 to make, […]
Build an Input Pyramid to support your medical device development As a medical device designer, I see clients balancing cost and feedback in a daily struggle to decide when to get clinical feedback, from whom, and how much weight to give that input. KOLs (Key Opinion Leaders) and individual designer experience can take a product well […]
I often find myself playing both sides of the field as a project manager and an engineer. This lends an interesting insight into the mechanics of both. Project management certainly has its tribulations, but sometimes technical challenges can really make you feel stuck with no good options. When this happens, I often watch the same […]
Note: RoHS 3 is a colloquial term referring to Delegated Directive (EU) 2015/863, which is actually an amendment to RoHS 2 (Directive 2011/65/EU) rather than a standalone Directive. Though this terminology has become somewhat common (common enough to keep using the term here), it’s technically inaccurate. RoHS 3 – The Trilogy is Complete The Restriction […]
How your medical device can do either On Feb 11th of this year, gravitational waves were detected for the first time at the LIGO facility in the USA. Theorized in 1916 (by Einstein), they were finally proven, answering one of science’s most fundamental questions in our understanding of physics and the universe. Did anyone else notice […]
How soon is too soon? It’s how you make it real, make it official. It’s how you know you’re going to be sticking with it for a while. It’s that time when you step up and decide, as a team, to switch to CAD.
Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) are tiny computer chips with moving parts. Typically used as sensors, but also reversible to make actuators (usually), MEMS technology includes accelerometers, gyroscopes, piezoelectric devices, and microphones, to name just a few. They are the reason our phones know which way is up, our airbags deploy quickly, and technology has become so […]
There are two types of people in the world: those who think space is cool, and those who think space is really cool. If you’re in either camp, you might have heard that engineering wiz-kid and internet mogul Mr. Elon Musk is up to his old tricks again, this time planning to launch a multi-billion […]
RoHS is still a hot topic. Even though it has been around since 2002, RoHS is still changing to include more restrictions and more requirements. Medical devices were exempt for many years, but most are now also included in the RoHS directive. This blog provides background on RoHS compliance and identifies 11 parts and processes to watch out […]