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Materialise Believes X-rays Mark the Spot When it Comes to Improving Knee Replacement Guides

Contributing Editor Ilene Wolff


Materialise (Leuven, Belgium) is out to democratize the patient-specific 3D printed guides that orthopedic surgeons use in the operating room when doing knee replacements. Currently, the only patients who can get a guide are those who’ve had a CT or MRI scan of their arthritic knee. That’s because the US Food and Drug Administration only allows use of those imaging technologies as the basis for making the patient-specific guides. Full Article

John Abele, Co-Founder of Boston Scientific, Honored for Lifetime Achievement

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John Abele, will receive the Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award during its annual ceremony on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at the MD&M East event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, 4 p.m. in Room 1E15 – 17. Abele founded Boston Scientific Corporation, a medical device company, with his partner Peter Nicholas, in 1979. Full Article

Laser Marking in Medical: The Dark Arts of Dark Marks

Senior Editor Michael C. Anderson


There’s been strong motivation for medical device manufacturers to embrace laser marking in recent years. First, of course, there is the FDA, which has been phasing in regulations for medical devices to have a unique device identifier—a UDI—that is permanent and can be read by machine as well as the human eye. But mature marking technologies are also growing more affordable, even as laser machine builders find creative ways to further develop the process and make their brands stand out. Full Article

Small Improvements in Medical

Contributing Editor Ilene Wolff


Medical device maker Donna Bibber put a client’s invention—a one-dose powder medication inhaler—on her web site hoping it might attract a pharmaceutical company interested in acquiring it. After all, she said, her takeaway from a recent pharmaceutical show is that drug manufacturers are trying to eke out more revenue from medications with expiring patents by reintroducing them in new delivery systems.

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Measurable Improvements in Medical Metrology

Contributing Editor Ilene Wolff


Last year, metrology machinery makers must have been thinking about Galileo’s advice to “make measurable what is not so.” Hexagon Metrology, Mitutoyo and Optical Gaging Products introduced new or updated software. Mitutoyo and OGP also brought out new telecentric technology, while Leica Microsystems offered a two-fer: a machine that combines confocal microscopy with interferometry. And Zeiss Industrial Metrology introduced a redesigned CMM line that promises to use 60% less compressed air. Full Article

Workforce Pipeline: Colliding Worlds: Engineering Meets Biology

Lauralyn McDaniel, Industry Manager - Medical, SME


Medical manufacturing has been a leader in using additive manufacturing(AM)/3D printing for end-use applications for at least 15 years. The combination of 3D scanning of a patient with the ability to print from that scan has made AM a natural fit for things like prosthetics, dental implants, and hearing aid cases. Today, the technology is expanding into new areas including printing implantable devices, bone and tissue scaffolds, and even printing of tissues. Full Article

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