Posts categorized as“Engineering”

Thor Tronrud

Tips to Avoid Medical Device AI Pitfalls

Roughly 80% of human brain volume is made up by the neocortex, a set of highly interconnected layers of neurons that controls our higher brain functions, such as perception, cognition, motor control, and language. This massively parallel architecture is the initial inspiration for Deep Learning – a neural network paradigm that excels at pattern recognition […]

Nigel Syrotuck

XYZs of Medical Device Vibration Testing

Medical devices, especially complex ones with electronics, almost always undergo shipping testing before they are considered safe enough for market. We use 3rd party testing services to run typical load profiles on devices in their packaging. These usually include impact, drop and vibration testing, amongst others. Vibration testing is a particularly interesting subject, which we’ll […]

Kenneth MacCallum

Dahlia Zoetrope Design Challenge

Every year StarFish designs a unique holiday gift as a fun way to celebrate the season. This year we developed a zoetrope that creates the illusion of an unfurling, dahlia-like flower sculpture in three dimensions while glowing softly from within. Although this design challenge was not a medical device, it provided a great chance to […]

Tess Carswell

Developing and Running an Industry-Integrated Human Factors Engineering Course

Although engineering students graduate from their program well-equipped with the theoretical concepts taught in class, they often lack practical knowledge regarding their particular industry [1]. Such gaps between technical teachings and industry requirements could potentially be filled by integrating an industry perspective into programs and course delivery. Further benefit can be derived when such industry-integrated […]

Nigel Syrotuck

What do Mil-Spec Anodizing Types and Classes Mean?

Let’s talk about what an anodized finish actually is.   A core finishing technique around the world, anodizing is highly valued in the medical industry to promote longevity of devices. It is a finishing process that can be applied to a few different materials, the most common being aluminum (in fact, this blog will only discuss […]

Astero StarFish

Our 10 most read medical device commercialization blogs of 2021

Two new medical device commercialization blogs, one returning champion, and two new authors join our 2021 “most read” list. Electrical engineering amd regulatory articles tie for the most popular blog topics. Many thanks to our employee authors past and present for sharing their insights and experience with medical device colleagues.

Arash Samimi

Why Medical Device Startups Should Listen to The Ecosystem

A Three-Pronged Strategy to Stay Ahead A medical device is a convergence point where various technologies and regulations come together to impact patient health. Within the diverse ecosystem of the medical device industry, there are fluctuations driven by new entrants, new technologies and new markets. These forces create market shifts and open up opportunities. KPMG […]

Nigel Syrotuck

How to Perform Medical Device Drop Test

Medical Device Drop Test Per IEC 60601-1 Ed 3.2 Clause 15.3.4 Medical Device Drop Test and Push Test are part of IEC 60601-1. This blog describes two of the most common mechanical tests that medical device designers may want to perform in-house before sending a device for third party testing.

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