Nigel Syrotuck

The Forgotten Art of Tolerancing

TolerancingModern education seems to be leaving behind a crucial lesson: Tolerancing

After speaking recently with budding young engineering students, I was pleased to hear that many get consistent access to engineering technology in their high school and undergraduate programs. It’s fantastic that hands-on exposure to tools such as 3D printers are becoming more common. That is translating into the impressive quality of students we see apply every semester. However, despite all this hands-on experience, there is clearly one skill that these short-term design projects aren’t teaching: effective tolerancing.

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Astero StarFish

Our Top 10 medical device development videos in 2020

medical device development videosOur top 2020 medical device development videos include 6 new videos. They join favorites from previous years and cover subjects including 2020 updates, COVID implications for research and POC devices, optimizing founder value, manufacturing for NPI, IVD insights, and working at StarFish.

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Joshua Hayes

Battery safety for medical devices

Battery safety for medical devices

Image: Raquel Zaldivar/NPR

As medical devices and instruments become more portable and ultimately wireless, the need for a reliable power source has become a major design element.  The demand for ever smaller, higher density battery packs is growing as portable medical devices shrink in size and develop more ergonomic forms.  With all of the size, form, capacity and performance demands on batteries, designers cannot ignore battery safety for medical devices.   There have been hundreds of injuries, property damage, and even deaths caused by exploding battery packs and resulting fires.

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Mike Loveless

Why qualitative research for medical device design?

qualitative research for medical deviceThe value of qualitative research in a highly regulated industry

When designing medical devices, it is important to remember that, just like consumer products, the devices we are creating interact with humans. They will be used by humans, on humans. Aspects of design like comfort, perception, behavior, information communication, all play a role in creating this interactive experience.   It is safe to say that human behavior and perception is not calculable or quantitative.  This requires us to employ qualitative research for medical device design studies and techniques.

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Alex Gunson

5 LEAN Manufacturing Techniques for Medical Device NPI

LEAN Manufacturing Techniques for Medical Device NPIWaste in manufacturing drives up product costs affecting both short term profitability and the long-term adoption curve. LEAN Principles that reduce waste are widely adopted to improve high volume manufacturing, but how can they be applied to New Product Introduction (NPI) for medical devices?
This blog shows how applying these 5 LEAN Manufacturing Techniques for Medical Device NPI can help to ensure a smooth and successful product launch.

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Vanessa Del Castillo Faria

Supply Chain Reports that keep your eye on the ball

 Supply Chain ReportsHaving overcome the challenges of transferring a product design into manufacturing, it is time to enter a new process cycle. At this stage, Supply Chain Reports are essential to assess and monitor costs, processing and material flow.
Supply Chain Reports can be a great source of data, providing insight into how processes are going, and enabling decision makers to find the right way to increase operational efficiency while remaining competitive.

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Astero StarFish

What’s the worst mistake you can make when developing a medical device?

worst mistake you can make when developing a medical deviceHow many have you made?

We posed the question, “What’s the worst mistake you can make when developing a medical device?” to our team of engineering, design, quality, regulatory and manufacturing experts. The answers were fast and furious (well, filled with enthusiasm) and in no particular order of importance, May you read and learn from our mistakes, a few from friends, and folks we consider family…

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Lorenzo Gutierrez

Top 10 COVID-19 Medical innovations

COVID-19 Medical innovationsRapid technological advancement is often triggered by external events such as international conflicts, political pressure, economic downturn, competitions or disease.  The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered the drive for technological advancement. Scientists, engineers and innovators have risen to the challenge by doing that which they do best – designing, building and prototyping.
Here are my top 10 COVID-19 medical innovations.

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