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These blogs provide an expert view of the problems, causes, and solutions to many of the major elements of success to micro machining, micro molding, and micro assembly of tiny devices.

MICRO MINIATURIZATION AND ADVANCES IN NEUROMODULATION (part 1)

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10/22/14   One area in the medical arena is attracting unprecedented interest at the moment. Not only is this because of the dramatic predicted revenue growth rates in the particular sector, but — from a less commercially-minded point of view — because of the huge positive impact it could have on patient treatment and standard of… Read More »

PARTNERSHIP IN DRUG DELIVERY CONFERENCE – FROM Affreza-ZebraFish

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM BOSTON, 2014 10/15/14     A wicked good conference was held in Boston this week with several hot products/technologies in drug delivery.   Dr. Barbara Lueckel of Roche led off the event and her overview of the Partnering in the industry was extremely promising for 2014-2015 that the need for micro devices will continue to be… Read More »

ENCAPSULATED MICRONEEDLES MAY MAKE SKIN INJECTIONS OBSOLETE

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10/07/14   The Partnership in Drug Delivery Conference (PODD) will be held next week on Boston, MA. Donna Bibber from Micro Engineering Solutions (MES) will be attending. She will be networking with companies and meeting new businesses to inform them of how MES can help with their micro projects as well as look for partners for… Read More »

PARTNERSHIPS IN DRUG DELIVERY OPPORTUNITY

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9/29/14   The annual Partnership Opportunities in Drug Delivery (PODD) is a perfect place to network with other companies in the medical and pharmaceutical industries as well as listen to some innovative speakers. This year the event will be held on October 14-15, 2014 at the Renaissance Boston Harbor Hotel 606 Congress St in Boston. The… Read More »

MICRO TRANSIENT ELECTRONICS

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9/24/14   No-one could ever accuse the medical device sector of standing still when it comes to innovative product development, and as manufacturers grapple with the demands of designing and manufacturing “traditional” bioresorbable devices, the drive is on to add power to implantable resorbable devices, which opens up the potential for implantable or ingested products that… Read More »

NANO LAYERED DRUG DELIVERY SYSTEM PROLONGS LIFESPAN DRUGS

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9/16/14   Controlled release drug delivery employs drug-encapsulating devices from which therapeutic agents may be released ranging from days to months. Such systems offer numerous advantages over traditional methods of drug delivery, including tailoring of drug release rates, protection of fragile drugs and increased patient comfort and compliance. Polymeric micro features and devices are ideal vessels… Read More »

EDIBLE ELECTRONICS

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9/10/14    MES has reported before on such developments which open up massive potential for medical device OEMs, and could truly revolutionize countless area of existing treatment, and open up new areas of medical intervention. Edible electronics are made from basic edible materials and naturally occurring precursors that are consumed in common diets. Using such techniques,… Read More »

MICRO MANUFACTURING NEUROLOGICAL DEVICES

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9/3/14     Ultra Precision Manufacturing Drives Medical Advances & Innovation. In niches of industry where ground-breaking technological developments seem to occur every other week, it is always tempting to focus on what’s next rather than the potential of what is available now. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the area of micro manufacturing, where with… Read More »

MICRO MOLDING TO UNDERSTAND HUMAN BRAIN PROCESSES

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8/28/14    The study of fruit fly brains is popular with many neuromodulation laboratories because the fruit fly has fewer neuro connections than a human brain, thus enabling the understanding of the human brain on a much smaller scale.  This study was conducted at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Biomedical Science. The study resulted in gained… Read More »

MICRO MANUFACTURING OPHTHALMIC DEVICES

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8/19/14    Having the ability to produce efficient and ever smaller devices that are cost-effective to produce, and that can be manufactured in volume and to strict time-to-market parameters is important for the medical device sector where OEMs are constantly searching for new and innovative solutions, key market drivers being. Also of vital concern is the… Read More »

MICRO PHARMA & DRUG DELIVERY DEVELOPMENTS COMBINE

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8/5/14   Due to popular demand, we are reposting a blog we posted in June about pharma and drug delivery. So in case you missed it, here it is…. Advances in micro manufacturing techniques and materials are constantly driving innovation in the area of pharmaceutical devices, combination devices, and drug delivery. Without a doubt, it is… Read More »

PHARMACEUTICAL DRUG DELIVERY USING NANO SWIMMERS

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7/28/14     Micro and nano are making waves in the medical field. We came across an interesting article online published by Nano Letters Publication. Artificial nanomotors in blood opens the door in the medical industry from microsurgeyr to targeted drug delivery. Nanomotors have been successful in the past in liquids such as water, but the chemistry in blood… Read More »

SINGLE DOSE POWDER INHALER DEVICE IS READY FOR YOUR PHARMA PROJECT

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7/16/14     Dry Powder Inhalers. Development of the DoseOne™ single dose powder inhaler (US Patent #7,832,399) required a multi-disciplinary team approach, as any such drug delivery device needs to combine not just design skills, but also software and mechanical engineering capabilities, and expertise in analytical science and industrialization. MES has the exclusive worldwide rights to sell… Read More »

MICRO MANUFACTURING THE IMPOSSIBLY SMALL

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7/10/14   In the early days of the commercialization of micro manufacturing technologies, there was a lot of discussion about what constituted “micro” manufacturing. There was (and indeed still is) a recognized continuum from small to precision, micro, and then nano scale components and features. In general, it is safe to say that with every week… Read More »

MICRO PHARMACEUTICAL AND DRUG DELIVERY DEVELOPMENTS COMBINE TO DRIVE INNOVATION

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6/24/14   Advances in micro manufacturing techniques and materials are constantly driving innovation in the area of pharmaceutical devices, combination devices, and drug delivery. Without a doubt, it is the medical device sector that is constantly pushing the drive towards miniaturization. In the medical device industry, the usual advantages of making smaller parts (such as reduced… Read More »

MICRO BIO-RESORBABLES

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6/11/14  It is the combination of micro manufacturing technologies and techniques along with material developments that drive much recent product innovation, especially in the medical device sector. When materials in medical devices are designed to come into contact with — or be implanted — in the body, there are numerous biocompatibility issues to consider. To… Read More »

SINGLE DOSE POWDER INHALER WITH MICRO COMPONENTS

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5/28/14   A single dose powder inhaler is pilot-production and ripe for an active partner to bring it to market.  It’s called DoseOne™,  and it is a single dose powder inhaler that is prototyped, tested, and ready for production just waiting on a partner to move it forward! The design is simple and inexpensive, approximately $0.30… Read More »

MICRO FABRICATION TECHNOLOGY COULD MAKE ANIMAL TESTING OBSOLETE

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5/14/14   Animal testing has always been a controversial subject and alternatives to date have not been promising. A team at the Wyss Institute has found a solution! Using microfabrication techniques, they have engineered functional human organs-on-chips that provide a great alternative to conventional animal testing. In 2010 a functioning Lung-on-a-Chip was developed. It combines modern… Read More »

MICRO MEDICAL DEVICES

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4/18/14   Medical devices are getting so small some of their components are hard to see with the naked eye. This allows for medical procedures that are less invasive and are more comfortable for the body to tolerate. This micro science has been booming and is spreading to other areas of technology. Here are a few new… Read More »

MICRO OPHTHALMIC OCULAR IMPLANTS

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4/11/14    More often than not, the smallest component in a medical or pharmaceutical implant or device is the enabling component.  Micro manufacturing (micro injection molding, micro machining, and micro automation) has blazed the trail for many new developments, implants, micro surgery, and robotic surgeries today.  This article explores one such market segment of which micro… Read More »

MICRO SURFACE FEATURES

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3/31/14   Micro Engineering Solutions has been involved with hundreds of successful projects with numerous OEMs over the years. Most of our work is so cutting edge that we are amazed with the outcome! The picture above is a silicone microfluidic device with injection molded features that are 3 microns deep. 84 million of these structures… Read More »

MICRO MEDICAL DEVICES IN THE CARDIOVASCULAR FIELD

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3/19/14    Cardiovascular disease kills 1 in 3 people around the world, that is why cutting edge micro technology research is so crucial to saving the lives of millions in the future. Research is being done in this field on everything from using nanosensors to detect a heart attack before it happens to pillsized leadless pacemakers…. Read More »

MICRO IN THE OPHTHALMIC WORLD

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2/26/14  Micro manufacturing is right in the middle of new cutting edge technology. Usually the smallest component in a medical or pharmaceutical implant or device is the enabling component. One popular field for micro is ophthalmic due to age related eye diseases (cataracts, diabetes, glaucoma, etc). Ophthalmic and intraocular implants are largely made up of many micro… Read More »

10 MEDICAL DEVICE TECHNOLOGIES WITH SIGNIFICANT GROWTH POTENTIAL

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2/5/14     Each of the below high growth areas requires some level of micro component, assembly, automation and/or ultra high precision. According to a recent research report article in QMed there are 10 medical device technologies with significant growth potential that are valued at $454 billion. 1. Diagnostic imaging, interventional radiology and capsule endoscopy 2. Drug delivery technologies… Read More »

MICROMOLDED PARTS MADE OF BIORESORBABLE POLYMERS POSE CHALLENGES

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11/21/13   The Medical Design Magazines October 2013 has an article in it written by Donna Bibber. “As demand for implantable and bioresorbable molded parts approach micro, or nano proportions grows, micromolding challenges such as small gate sizes for these shear- and moisture-sensitive materials are being addressed. With raw material costs for bioresorbables running between $3,000… Read More »

MICRO MOLDING, TAX HIKES AND GAINING THE COMPETITIVE EDGE!

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10/31/13    News on refinements to and new applications of micro molding hit the headlines daily these days, and at MES, we keep abreast of all these developments, and in many instances we are the ones making the news!! Although by no means a new technology, many OEMs (and it has to be said many service suppliers… Read More »

BIODEGRADABLE ELECTRONICS

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10/01/13       The use of bio-resorbable materials in the medical device sector is growing fast. Very early examples of such devices have a history that goes back some 40 years or so in the area of wound closure. Today, however, due to the advances in material technology and design and manufacturing techniques, resorbable devices… Read More »

MOLDING MICRO SURFACE FEATURES

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9/19/13     Here’s something that always causes a few eyebrows to be raised, and which exemplifies the progress that has been made in micro molding in recent months and years. Micro molding per se is now obviously an established technology, and we at Micro Engineering Solutions have been involved with hundreds of successful projects with… Read More »

DOSE ONE: THE FUTURE FOR DPI’S, A HUGE OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMERCIAL PARTNERSHIP

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  9/10/13   An opportunity exists for a device / pharmaceutical manufacturer to partner with us to bring to market a revolutionary new singe-dose powder inhaler. DoseOne™ has been prototyped, tested, benchmarked, and is ready for pilot production and the support of a qualified partner to realize market potential. DoseOne™ is simple, inexpensive, and can… Read More »

MES’s EXPERTISE WILL MAKE YOUR MICRO MANUFACTURING AND ASSEMBLY PROJECT A SUCCESS!

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8/27/13  Automated micro assembly has to be considered when looking at any micro manufacturing project, as no micro project can be successful commercially unless there are reliable and cost-effective assembly technologies that can handle products and components on a micro scale. Technologies required to facilitate micro assembly are vision systems, micro positioners, micro grippers, high… Read More »

MES IS EXPERT IN THE ART OF MICRO MOLDING!

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8/8/13     Micro molding refers to a set of fabrication techniques that produce tiny speck-sized components or extremely small features on larger plastic products. As technology has advanced, it is now possible to use equipment customized to micro molding rather than attempting to scale down part size on standard molding machines. MES is expert in… Read More »

MICRO MACHINING

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7/31/13   The definition of micro machining varies from OEM to OEM. Some see it as machining down to the size of a micron, while for others it is introducing a level of precision previously impossible. Either way, as the name implies, micro machining means tiny tolerances and tiny features on parts. Used throughout industry, micro… Read More »

POWDER INHALER USED DURING CHILDBIRTH COULD SAVE THOUSANDS OF LIVES

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Micro Engineering Solutions has the exclusive worldwide rights to sell the Dose One Single Dose Disposable powder Inhaler.  This inhaler is currently being used in testing and is available to be used with a wide range of drugs. Please read the article below about some of the testing that is being done. Powder inhalers have… Read More »

PEEK MICRO MACHINING

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7/2/13     Some of the micro machined PEEK components that Micro Engineering Solutions has made are literally dust-speck-sized parts machined from rod stock. They require careful planning of material waste from rod or sheet stock and utilizing every square millimeter of material. Raw material implant grade PEEK cost ranges from $70-$400/lb so it is… Read More »

OUR MICRO MANUFACTURING EXPERTISE ENABLES THE SUCCESS OF ANY SCALE PROJECT

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6/26/13     Micro Engineering Solution’s expertise in many aspects of micro manufacturing enables the success of any scale project; from initial concept to high volume manufacturing. Key areas include micro assembly, micro machining, and micro molding. From napkin sketch to full CAD models, MES designs, manufactures, and assembles state of the art dust-specked sized… Read More »

MICRO MACHINING IS THE KEY FOR THE FUTURE OF MEDICAL DEVICES

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6/19/13:  The use of micro machining and micro molding in the manufacturing of drug delivery devices is the way of the future! With new cutting-edge technology and the need for smaller and smaller less-invasive medical devices, Micro Engineering Solutions is the solution. We help develop and manufacture state of the art disposable point of care… Read More »

MICRO MACHINING EXPERTISE AT MICRO ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS

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6/12/13    Micro Engineering Solutions has a high level of expertise in micro machining. Micro machining encompasses R&D for products, high production growth and mature products. Components we have worked on in these categories include resorbable polymer implants, ophthalmic implants and lenses, suture devices, implantable clips, inkjet components and hearing aid components. We are capable… Read More »

MICRON DIAMETER FEATURES IN A TINY HEART MONITOR

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6/4/13    An exciting new technology was unveiled by Stanford University earlier this month.  They created a tiny heart monitor that uses a few micron diameter pyramid bumps (the size of a human red blood cell) similar to those seen here.   Engineers at Stanford University were able to combine layers of flexible material into… Read More »

MICRO MACHINING = PARTS IN HAND QUICKLY

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5/28/13   Micro machining encompasses R&D for products, high production growth and mature products. One of the fastest ways to get micro parts in our customer’s hands has traditionally been micro machining. Many applications can be justified to spend capital on tooling up for micro molding, however, if the design has been made iteration-friendly (steel safe,… Read More »

PARTNERSHIP IN DRUG DELIVERY IN BOSTON

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 05/20/13      Our organization, MES, is located near Boston MA and we always have our eyes open looking for partnerships in drug delivery. Drug delivery and medical devices are requiring new products that create tinier, less invasive, fluid-induced, and/or space saving micro devices.  The tiniest parts in an assembly are the enabling components to… Read More »

MICRO MACHINING

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5/15/13      Micro Engineering Solution’s expertise in the micro manufacturing field enables us to be successful with any scale project, from initial concept to high volume manufacturing. Key areas include micro machining, micro molding and micro assembly. One of the fastest ways to get micro parts in our customer’s hands has traditionally been micro… Read More »

BIO-RESORBABLE POLYMER MICRO MOLDING PRESENTATION IN MASSACHUSETTS 5/14/13

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5/14/13    Bio-Resorbable Polymer Micro Molding Presentation in Massachusetts 5/14/13. Drug Delivery Using Slow and Controlled Release Polymers. Reservations required, please eamil John Lamont with SME at JLamont.hsmg@comcast.net. See you there! ~ Donna Bibber                     Dust Speck Sized Micro Molded Parts and Features are true Disruptive… Read More »

MICRO TOOLING CONSIDERATIONS

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5/1/13    Micro tooling enables micro molding, and machining is extremely critical. Since we don’t currently have a “micro” industry standard to go by, we had to create a rough ASTM standard when we make tooling. Example: the industry standard uses an 8” tensile bar, which doesn’t help us in the MICRO world so we… Read More »

MICRO LAB UNDER THE SKIN

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4/24/13    iMicronews has a fascinating article about a micro laboratory that sits directly under the skin! Scientists have developed a prototype micro lab that is embedded under the skin to analyze concentrations of substances in the blood and transmit this information to a receiver which a doctor can view. This could take the place… Read More »

SME MICRO MANUFACTURING CONFERENCE IN MN 4/16/13-4/17/13

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4/10/13   Donna Bibber will be speaking about micro molding thin walled devices at the SME Micro Mfg Conference on April 17, 2013 at 11:30am, followed up with a panel discussion at 1pm. This conference will be at the Hilton Minneapolis at 1001 Marquette Avenue South in Minneapolis, MN. This conference is all about Going Beyond Micro. It… Read More »

MICRO TOOLING CHALLENGES

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4/2/13    Tooling challenges in micro mold making: Parting line match – when putting two halves of a mold together to make a molded part, the parting lines have to be prestine. You can’t have a mismatch creating a “step” in the part. Surface finish – surface finish is extremely important to micro machined components,… Read More »

SME MICRO MANUFACTURING CONFERENCE APRIL 2013

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3/26/13   Donna Bibber will be speaking about micro molding thin walled devices at the SME Micro Mfg Conference on April 17, 2013 at 11:30am, followed up with a panel discussion at 1pm. This conference will be at the Hilton Minneapolis at 1001 Marquette Avenue South in Minneapolis, MN. This conference is all about Going Beyond Micro. It… Read More »

TOOLING – HOW SMALL CAN YOU GO?

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3/19/13   How small can you go with tooling when it comes to micro tooling? When thinking about the design of a tool you need to ask yourself “What does the tool have to look like in order to make the part?”             In micro machining we can make an… Read More »

MICRO MANUFACTURING PRODUCT LIFECYCLE

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3/5/13     Of the products that we have in micro machining, some are machined and some are molded using a micro-machined tool. There is a life cycle curve for these processes. Right at the beginning of this lifecycle curve we have tens of thousands of parts in the R&D stage; in the next cycle the… Read More »

MICRO MANUFACTURING KEEPS SHRINKING THE ENVELOP

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02/13/2013    Manufacturing Engineering Magazine Interview with Donna Bibber, January 2013 issue: Micro components continue to shrink in size demanding ever greater precision and improved handling of parts with sub-micron-sized features. New approaches in micro-machining technology include higher precision systems from traditional micro-machining developers, as well as techniques using additive manufacturing processes semiconductor wafer scale… Read More »

NANOTECH REDEFINES THE WAY DRUG-DELIVERY DEVICES ‘THINK’

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1/28/2013   Below is an article in the Medical Design Magazine October 2012 edition written by Donna Bibber. The body thinks in terms of nanometers and so must drug-delivery devices as nanopositioning advancements redefine this product segment. ARTICLE FOCUS • Methods • Challenges • Global importance Figure 1. MES photo showing wireless devices of the future using… Read More »

MICRO helps save the environment by increasing battery life with peel-and-stick solar cells!

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1/22/13    An alarming statistic I heard on the radio the other day…… We, as Americans consume nearly 60 BILLION batteries a year. 60 BILLION! If that doesn’t deserve a “there’s gotta be a better way”, I don’t know what does. In our micro manufacturing world of electronics, micro molded medical devices that monitor, measure,… Read More »

MICRO MACHINING COMPONENT PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

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1/16/13      Micro Engineering Solutions is an expert in the field of micro machining. Our product development has included silicone valves, transdermal patches, insulin delivery pump assemblies and a variety of micro implants. View our micro machining video for more details.

2012 MICRO BLOG IN REVIEW

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1/4/13   With 2012 behind us we wanted to review the interesting and informative blogs we have written over the past year. They are full of useful information and videos and deserve repeating! Please click on any of the below blog titles to see the blog. MICRO MOLDING: – Micro Computational Analysis – Micro Tooling – Micro Molding Intraocular Implants… Read More »

MICRO FEATURES IN POLYMER PARTS CAN CONTROL THE BIOLOGICAL ACTIVITY IN CELLS

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1/2/13   When it comes to bioengineering, microfeatures in polymer parts are used to control the biological activity of cells, letting us analyze their mechanical behavior with its surround environment. Cells can turn a mechanical cue into an internal chemical signal to initiate migration. We are able to provide cell therapy due to this control on… Read More »

MICRO MACHINING LIFE CYCLE

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12/26/12   Micro Engineering Solutions has expertise in micro machining, micro molding and micro assembly. Today we will focus on micro machining. Micro machining encompasses R&D for products, high production growth and mature products. Some of the components we have worked on in these categories include resorbable polymer implants, ophthalmic implants and lenses, suture devices, implantable… Read More »

MICRO MANUFACTURING IS ON THE RISE

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12-17-12   Below is an article from SmallBizLabs.com that we as a small company found very interesting. Even though Micro Engineering Solutions doesn’t have a large number of employees, we bring great expertise to the table. Being small enables us to act quickly and turn things around in a timely manner. There is no red… Read More »

“MICRO” RESEARCH IS LEADING THE WAY FOR NEW TECHNOLOGY!

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12/4/12     Checkout this interesting write-up by the Optical Society regarding a micro fabrication tool that can move microscopic particles- down to the cellular level!   The future looks fabulous when we can see the technology moving from our current top down methods of micro machining to bottom up methods such as described in this article. … Read More »

PRODUCTION MICRO MOLDING

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11/26/12     Micro molding is an exciting field to work in. You are working with cutting edge technology to create products that have never been made before! The medical field is one of the major fields that is using this technology to increase human comfort and speed up recovery time. Some examples of Micro… Read More »

MICRO MACHINING VALIDATION USING CT SCANNING

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11/19/12   Ct Scanning (X-Ray Scanning) has come a long way in the last few years. This technology was originally developed for use in healthcare facilities whereby a person lays flat on a table while a CT scans specific parts of the body, however CT scanning is now being used for inspecting ultra-high precision micro… Read More »

CHALLENGES IN MICRO MOLDING WITH BIO-RESORBABLES

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11/12/12:    Micro Molding in bio-resorbable PLA and PGA materials creates challenges with small gate sizes for these highly shear sensitive and highly moisture sensitive materials, such as shear stress through small gates, humidity control for extremely small shot sizes, and integrating macro to micro technologies to produce near micron level geometry in precision, micro… Read More »

MICRO MOLDED VALVE TECHNOLOGY

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10/29/12    It is amazing the technology we have nowadays in the medical field. MES has been involved with engineering and machining a part that is used in cartilage repair. These silicone molded valves are smaller than a piece of dust! We are able to put 84 million parts on 1 microscope slide! To the… Read More »

NEUROSCIENCE DEVICES ENABLING ALL OF THE SENSES!

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10/23/12:   Who would think that micro devices being developed today would enable: • A visually impaired person to see • A paralyzed person to feed herself • A deaf toddler to hear his mother’s voice for the first time These devices are here and now and are all possible due to the neurological implants… Read More »

PARTNERSHIP IN DRUG DELIVERY CONFERENCE – HIGHLIGHTS FROM BOSTON, 2012

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10/9/12     What a phenomenal conference with several interesting topics of interest in drug delivery.   Dr. Bob Langer of M.I.T. led off the event and from my perspective his overview of the industry was loaded with micro components and assemblies, hitting delivery mechanisms such as: Transdermal Delivery- Needles, Drug Arrays Ocular Delivery- Nano particles… Read More »

FAST DISSOLUTION RATE POLYMERS

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9/24/12:   PolyLactic Acid (PLA) Polymers and poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) copolymers are quickly becoming popular materials that carry, deliver, or implant devices into the body.   These materials are creating tiny sized camera cases, drug delivery vessels, and dissolving components in a critically controlled timely manner for the treatment of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, glaucoma, COPD, pain… Read More »

A SINGLE DOSE POWDER INHALER IS PILOT-PRODUCTION AND RIPE FOR AN ACTIVE PARTNER TO BRING IT TO MARKET

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9/17/12:   A single dose powder inhaler is pilot-production and ripe for an active partner to bring it to market.  Introducing DoseOne™, a single dose powder inhaler that is already prototyped, tested, recently benchmarked, and ready for pilot production and a partner to move it forward.  The design is SO simple it’s something that makes… Read More »

MICRO MEDICAL DEVICES USING ELECTRICAL AND MAGNETIC STIMULATION

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9/10/12   Pharmaceutical and medical device companies are expanding into microelectronics for drug delivery and implantable therapies. The value in micro devices are far reaching to treat many chronic debilitating conditions such as muscle stimulation for overworked muscles, transcranial stimulation  to alter brain activity, and nerve stimulation for pain management. Micro molding, micro machining, and micro assembly are… Read More »

MICRO MOLDING NEEDLES AND SHARPS: THE SCIENCE OF COMPLIANCE

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9/4/12:     Micro molded Needles and Sharps are getting attention these days due to their many advantages including; disposability, recyclability, ease of use, and cost effectiveness. They are being used in applications such as cost-effective vaccine delivery, glucose monitoring and insulin delivery devices, transdermal wearable drug patches, and automatic blister or capsule drug puncturing… Read More »

PEEK MICRO MACHINING COST EFFECTIVENESS

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8/27/12:  Throw caution to the wind on your old machining cost models when it comes to micro machining PEEK polymers.  PEEK machined parts require careful planning of material waste from rod or sheet stock and utilizing every square millimeter of material.   Raw material implant grade PEEK costs range from $70–$400/lb (much higher if processed with… Read More »

DRUG DELIVERY AND POINT OF CARE DEVICE COLLABORATION

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8/20/12: Drug Delivery Devices are getting smaller and smaller and micro molding and micro machining are useful processes to produce state of the art disposable point of care and wearable devices.  These products include transdermal patches, infusion pumps, powder inhalers, intraocular implants, and bio-resorbable polymer devices; slow or quick release. These devices, most microfluidic in… Read More »

MICRO MOLDING USING BIO-RESORBABLE POLYMERS

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8/13/12:   Micro Molding in bio-resorbable PLA and PGA materials creates challenges with small gate sizes for these highly shear sensitive and highly moisture sensitive materials.  Donna Bibber wrote an article which dives into some of these challenges such as shear stress through small gates, humidity control for extremely small shot sizes, and integrating macro to… Read More »

GLOBAL HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY IS GOING MICRO

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8/6/12: In today’s world smaller is better, in the medical world small (or better yet – micro) is cutting edge technology that is less intrusive and more accurate and precise. Micro Engineering Solutions plays a vital role in aiding the medical field with its micro machining and micro molding expertise. The UK is also using… Read More »

USE OF MICROSCOPIC SURFACE FINISH IN SCALING ULTRA PRECISION MEDICAL & PHARMACEUTICAL DEVICES

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7/31/12: In previous papers we have discussed micro molding and micro machining in a variety of materials (thermoplastic, glass, metal, silicone). These molded, machined, etched, lasered, EDMed or formed components may be stand alone tiny parts but most times they are not stand alone, they are part of a micro device requiring some micro assembly…. Read More »

MICRO MOLDING INTRAOCULAR IMPLANTS

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7/24/12: Micro Molding is exciting as it is enabling many new medical and pharmaceutical devices of the future. Because of our ultra precision surface finish abilities, we have a particular expertise and interest in ophthalmic and intraocular implants but we don’t get a chance to work on all of them of course. Restoring sight- is… Read More »

MICRO ASSEMBLY/HANDLING

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05/14/2012: The preparation done to micro components at the design stage carries through all the way to automated assembly.  Because the tolerances are critical and diminishing to microns and sub-microns, the stack-up tolerances of the micro components and their design criteria are scrutinized and their method of manufacturing are also considered for long-term production.  The… Read More »

MICRO TOOLING

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05/01/2012: When the design and material is nailed down to the point of spending capital to test the components, put them in the hands of investors, customers, and surgeons, it’s time for a micro mold to be made.  With any micro molding technology (thermoplastic, silicone, or metal), the tooling is THE most critical component to… Read More »

MICRO COMPUTATIONAL ANALYSIS

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4/16/2012: A first look at device and assemblies of this critical nature, we must first take a long look at the solid models and perform computational analysis on their design.  Because micro molds and initial parts can be costly in their development cycle, micro mold flow analysis provides an insurance policy that a particular design… Read More »