Think you’ve seen it all? Then check out our most viewed 2016 StarFish Medical videos. Five new entries join this year’s list. Perfect for viewing during breaks in your holiday schedule.
Posts categorized as“Manufacturing”
Our annual summary of most read medical device blogs is always popular. This year it may also feel familiar. The top four blogs were previously on last year’s list. What makes them stand the test of time? Check them out and let us know. Our bloggers love hearing from readers.
Our content reflects topics that interest and engage StarFish employees. We encourage everyone to write, participate in videos, make public presentations and help our clients (current and future) and colleagues (current and future) learn about us and our work. Every month we get together over a lunch to see what got read, clicked, liked and […]
When developing a medical device, it’s easier both in time and effort not to reinvent the wheel. Sometimes, off-the-shelf (OTS, or COTS – commercial off the shelf) components don’t meet the device needs, and usually these deficiencies are obvious. The problem arises when we unconsciously ask for more than the original widget design requires.
“What’s the difference between production tooling vs prototype?” and “What quality can I expect?” are often questions that I get asked from development or clients. The best answer begins with other questions: “What quality do you really need?”, and “How many are you making?”
In the early stages of medical device development, it is usually sufficient to secure pre- production quantities through a simplified procurement cycle. A specification, a quote, a purchase order and a certificate of conformance —what other paperwork is needed? Why clutter up a simple, well defined process with other documents and paperwork?
We often design elastomeric components that will be used in contact with the human body, and silicone is usually our “go-to” material. Attractive for many reasons, silicone can be used from early stage prototyping through to production.
I once had an argument over a design given to me by an industrial designer. The design was difficult to manufacture, and I knew would cause some significant manufacturing challenges. There was one particular edge, one particular surface that would have been so much easier another way, but the designer was sticking to his guns. […]
With 15 years of experience as an Industrial Designer I recently accepted a position at StarFish Medical. I hadn’t worked in the medical field before, so the last 3 months have been full of amazing learning and professional development.
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 […]
We’ve become so used to stainless steels being stain-free, that we are shocked when we see rust on them. While the conditions required for stainless steel rusting are more likely to occur in medical lab equipment where stainless and salt solutions come together, it can happen in any device, including implants: A first thought is often […]
Having the help of a project manager (PM) is critical for medical device development, and manufacture. Otherwise the project would blow up and take 3x longer. Without a good PM, the design and development team wouldn’t systematically go after the high risk items. They wouldn’t know when it’s good enough and when to focus on […]