Over many years of working in optics labs, I’ve come across a variety of lab practices ranging from admirable to appalling. These practices can have a significant impact both on the quality of data and the efficiency with which it’s collected. Below, some optics lab best practices to help create an optics lab environment that […]
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Improve your medical device innovation process Everyone has a mental toolkit of innovation – a series of patterns that innovative people find. They take something and they break it into pieces or they take pieces and put them together or they put things upside down or they hollow them out or they turn them inside […]
There are so many methods available to prototype that I’d like to expand upon an earlier blog. In this article I share the low-cost tips and methods on how to prototype a medical device on a budget that I use in my New Product Introduction (NPI) work. Just as importantly, I explain when I use […]
The value proposition is easy to see and the advantages can be well worth the investment. Connected medical devices are shaking up the industry. Look at just about any home healthcare device in the last few years: chances are, you’ll find some sort of wireless chipset inside to radio information to the internet for telemedicine […]
Despite a high number of university or college graduates looking for entry level work in the tech industry, companies still report difficulty in hiring . This is in part due to a medtech skills gap between entry level work and university training. Industry involvement in academia has the power to address this issue. Who better […]
As part of our 20th anniversary celebrations, we asked our experts to share the biggest lesson they have learned in medical device commercialization. Several themes emerged: budgets, production readiness, usability, and what to tackle first. Here are their top 13 lessons learned in no particular order.
Rapid Prototyping – Augmented Fastening 3D printed components presents a frustrating challenge. While we can print threads directly as a feature of parts, the resolution of the thread and the strength of the threads make printing seldom viable. We can bond parts, but that loses replaceability or maintenance. Self-tapping screws can work effectively as well, […]
Medical device commercialization projects often require the Project or Program Manager to also wear the hat of “Program Architect.” “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” Confucius What’s your product vision? And what is the mission that you will undertake to get there? These are […]
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.
The demand for medical devices that must do more with less power is continually increasing. So, what kind of tricks can we designers resort to in order to keep up with increasingly stringent power requirements? As usual, creativity and good judgement play a key role in successful designs. Here are 10 tips to help improve […]
In 2016, I had the exciting opportunity to join StarFish Medical’s electrical engineering department for an eight-month co-op. I ended up enjoying the fast paced, exciting, hands on work so much that I returned during my fourth year of studies and have since continued into a full-time job since graduating this past spring.
Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) testing is a key part of device development for medical or other devices. It consists of two different sets of tests: Emissions testing, and immunity testing. As you might guess from the name, emissions testing looks at the electromagnetic emissions from the device under test (DUT), while immunity testing looks at what […]