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.
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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.
StarFish Medical videos are created to help viewers learn about medical device design, development and manufacture. They are also a great way to get a better sense of the people you will be partnering with at StarFish. The top 10 viewed Starfish Medical videos for 2018 include 2 new videos and many favorites from previous […]
Four new medtech blogs and three new authors joined our 2018 “most read” list. Regulatory was the most popular topic, followed by electrical engineering, software, and supply chain.
When choosing a manufacturer to launch your medical device, there are a lot of things to consider and options to compare. Cost, quality and lead time usually lead the list. Which ones are most important for your device? In this blog I’m going to focus on an often overlooked attribute that should be a high […]
Many entrepreneurs underestimate the importance of ramping up medical device manufacturing in a small and controlled way – sort of a slow ramp. They often overestimate how quickly they’re going to require high volume and underestimate the value of post-release design changes and the effort that will be required in early launch.
The most common question supply chain professionals get from clients is “How can we reduce the cost of this project?” Cost reduction is always a challenge – especially in a low volume, complex manufacturing environment.
When most people think of Lean Manufacturing, they think of large, gleaming, gazillion square foot manufacturing spaces where every surface is clean, meticulously labelled and taped off. Happy workers reach for their conveniently placed tools on their shadow boards and work on mistake-proof assembly stations. They think of Toyota, or Boeing, or any manner of […]
We asked our new product introduction (NPI) team to reflect on their collective experiences transferring medical devices from design to production. Their top tips for production readiness are listed below.
In a previous medical device company, I worked on a project where First-to-Market (FTM) was a deemed a priority for the company’s survival. To meet that highly compressed timeline, we decided to skip the phase-gate process and replace it with a FTM production release strategy. FTM product commercialization carries a much higher overall project risk […]
I was recently asked if I knew USP class VI is another standard that’s often quoted – the two standards are similar in some respects, but are not equivalent.
3D printing – or Additive Manufacturing (AM) – offers new and exciting ways to integrate parts not only for prototypes, but for final products. It presents novel ways of thinking about design, as new rules govern how parts are made.