Archive for September, 2009

A Step Forward for Nanotechnology: Controlled Movement of Molecules

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

[caption id="attachment_9253" align="alignleft" width="275" caption="Scientists are reporting an advance that allows the controlled movement of individual molecules without help from outside forces. Shown is a model of the atomic structure of a silicon nanocrystal. Image courtesy of National Science Foundation"][/caption] From the wire: Scientists in the United Kingdom are reporting an ...

PPSU Resin Enables Fabrication of Autoclavable Plastic Dental Composite Dispenser

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

A polyphenylsulphone (PPSU) resin is used to fabricate what is reportedly the first autoclavable plastic dispensing gun for dental applications. The material from Solvay Advanced Polymers (Brussels) was chosen because it can withstand repeated autoclaving and for its chemical resistance and strength.

Parmatech-Proform Acquires Morgan Advanced Ceramics’ MIM Business

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

ATW Companies Inc., a provider of custom manufactured metal components and services, announced today that Parmatech-Proform Corp. has acquired the metal injection moulding (MIM) business of Morgan Advanced Ceramics (New Bedford, MA, USA). Proform is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ATW Companies of Warwick, RI, USA.  The acquisition will expand the MIM ...

Metallic Glass: New Bioabsorbable Option for Bone Implants?

Monday, September 28th, 2009

[caption id="attachment_9203" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Arc melter in which a plasma of up to 3000°C is produced between a tungsten tip (center) and a water-cooled copper plate."][/caption] From the wire: Materials researchers at ETH Zürich have developed a metallic glass alloy that could herald a new generation of biodegradable bone implants. When ...

Eucomed MedTech Forum Coming Soon to Brussels

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Where’s the talent? No, it’s not the title of some inane new reality TV show. Au contraire: it’s the focus of what promises to be a lively debate that will be held during Eucomed’s MedTech Forum 2009, which comes to Brussels 0n 6–8 October.

Polymer Platform Improves Mechanical Properties of Hip and Knee Implants

Monday, September 28th, 2009

A newly developed family of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) incorporates small, highly reactive molecules that cross-link at significantly lower radiation doses than previous formulations. This capability minimises the adverse effects that radiation has on the polymer’s mechanical properties. It will enable the fabrication of stronger hip and knee implants ...

Dymax Is One of the Fastest Growing Companies

Friday, September 25th, 2009

“Savvy trend spotters and those who invest in private companies know that Inc. 5000 is the best place to find out about young companies that are achieving success through a wide variety of unprecedented business models, as well as older private companies that are still expanding at an impressive rate,” ...

Short Course Dedicated to Med-Tech Regulatory Affairs

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

A short course held at Cranfield University is designed to provide delegates with an overview of the design and development process, enabling them to provide advice on the suitability of development programmes from a regulatory perspective. Scheduled for 8-10 December, the course is part of the university's Master of Science ...

Reducing Costs of Plastics Joining for Medical Applications

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Novel laser welding techniques open up new possibilities for process control and cost reduction within a 24/7 large-scale production environment. LIMO (Dortmund, Germany) now offers a product range of industrial laser systems with integrated process control. These devices are particularly suitable for the joining of medical thermoplastic components and allow ...

Diamonds May Be the Ultimate MRI Probe, Say Quantum Physicists

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

[caption id="attachment_9117" align="alignleft" width="288" caption="A nitrogen vacancy (small circles) within a diamond crystal shows promise as a “bit” for quantum computers in part because of its great sensitivity to magnetic fields—a sensitivity that also could enable MRI-like studies on objects as small as living cells. Image courtesy of J. Taylor, ...

Cost-Effective Approaches to REACH and RoHS2 Compliance

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Intertek, a provider of quality and safety services and ENVIRON, an international environmental consultancy and manager of the industry-led substances declarations web database, are hosting a free webinar on the Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals' (REACH) Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) and the expanded ...

Novel Suction Endoscope for the Small Intestine

Monday, September 21st, 2009

According to the US National Cancer Institute, thousands of people suffer from small intestine disorders and many of those cases result in death. The key to reducing these statistics is early detection. Gastrointestinal bleeding is another common life-threatening ailment that may arise for the small intestine. The upper gastrointestinal tract ...