Archive for the ‘Materials’ Category

Max Planck Researchers Embark on Fantastic Voyage into Nanomachine Technology

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Ever since the visionary science-fiction movie Fantastic Voyage from the 1960s, researchers have dreamed of medical devices so small that they could conduct operations within a human cell. Until now, it wasn’t possible to produce appropriately sized functional parts; while nature can build motors on the scale of about 20 ...

Liquid Metal Could Be Big Leap Forward for 3-D Printing

Monday, August 12th, 2013

As reported in the technology blog of the New York Times Bits, scientists at North Carolina State University have engineered an alloy that remains in a liquid state in ambient temperatures. Consisting of gallium and indium, the alloy can be used in a 3-D printer. “It’s difficult to create structures ...

Telford Company’s Molecular Etching Process Produces Cranial Titanium Mesh

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Advanced Chemical Etching (Telford, UK) announces that it has developed a chemical process for rapidly producing titanium meshes without the use of hydrofluoric acid, a potentially hazardous material. Cranioplasty is an increasingly popular application for this product. Titanium is the material of choice for cranial and craniofacial implants because of its ...

Metal Alloy Could Increase Visibility of Medical Implants under X-ray

Monday, June 17th, 2013

A new metal alloy could help medical implants become more visible under X-rays. The material was developed by researchers from the Materials and Surface Science Institute (MSSI) at the University of Limerick.

Swiss Partnership Develops Instrument that Measures Elasticity of Living Tissue

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

The strong Swiss franc has been the bane of Switzerland's industry, which is reliant on exporting products and selling its expertise globally. Indirectly, however, this trying economic situation is also driving innovation. A partnership between the Swiss Centre for Electronics and Manufacturing (CSEM) and CSM Instruments, both based in Neuchâtel, is ...

Raumedic-Designed Probe Precisely Targets Prostate Cancer Cells

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Prostate cancer accounts for approximately 10% of all cancer-related deaths. Percutaneous radiotherapy is an external treatment that subjects cancer cells to ionising radiation over a specified period of time, and does not have any major side effects. Using CAT scans, 3-D radiation areas can be generated to minimise damage to ...

Sorry Is No Longer Hardest Word for Pip Implants’ Mas

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Just a few days ago, we wrote about the defiant stance taken by Jean-Claude Mas, founder of Poly Implant Prothèse (Pip), who is on trial for fraud in Marseilles, France. He continued to claim that the Pip breast implants, which were formulated using industrial-grade silicone, were no more dangerous than ...

Eastman Introduces Enhanced Grade of Phthalate-Free Plasticizer for Medical Applications

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Eastman Chemical Company (Kingsport, TN, USA) has expanded its phthalate-free plasticizer portfolio with the addition of Eastman 168 SG (sensitive grade) nonphthalate plasticizer. An enhanced grade of the Eastman 168 product line, this material is specifically targeted for highly sensitive applications such as medical devices, toys, childcare articles and food-contact products. The plasticizer can be ...

Pip Implants Founder Remains Defiant during Trial

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Jean-Claude Mas, founder of Poly Implant Prothèse (Pip), one of the world's leading suppliers of breast implants until it was shut down by French authorities in March 2010 for using industrial-grade silicone in its medical devices, continues to maintain that his home-brew silicone gel was no more dangerous than medical-grade ...

Low-Temperature Nitriding Technology Can Be Applied to Biomaterials

Monday, April 15th, 2013

A nitriding technology that can be applied at low temperatures to nonconductive materials to improve wear and corrosion resistance has been acquired by ALD Vacuum Technologies GmbH, an engineering unit of AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group NV. It is the first nitriding technology that is capable of treating the surface of ...

Researchers Create Synthetic Tissue with Custom-Built 3-D Printer

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

A 3-D printer built by scientists at Oxford University is capable of producing synthetic tissue that could one day be used for drug-delivery or the replacement of damaged human tissue. The synthetic tissue is a new type of material that shares many properties with living tissue. The material consists of ...

Medical Materials Supplier DSM Gives Flexible Support to Spinal Implant Developer

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_30500" align="alignleft" width="121"] The SpineVision Flex+ system.[/caption] From the wire: Medical materials supplier DSM has announced the signing of a license and supply agreement with spinal implant and surgical systems developer SpineVision. The announcement was made at the AAOS 2013 annual meeting, which began today in Chicago. The agreement grants SpineVision ...