Welcome to the latest edition of Medical Plastics News.
5. Editor’s Letter: A thousand miles
As the MPN journey moves into its thrid year, I take a look back at the steps that brought us to where we are today, including the most recent Compamed and Medica shows in November 2012.
6. On the Pulse: Proposed regulation
The key changes in the 194-page European medical device regulation proposal are outlined. Also, news of the devices and diagnostics ally MedTech Europe.
11. The SPE: Supercritical CO2
Supercritical gases are being used as plasticisers, to improve processing of viscous high molecular weight polymers, and for injection moulding of foams.
14. Plastic Electronics: Smart switch
A report from Engel about moulding wipe-clean capacitive electronic switches by overmoulding film-based printed electronics. Also, news that resorbable electronics are a reality.
18. Materials: Bioresorbable polymers
US patent applications referencing resorbables have grown by 37% a year in 2005-11. Sam Anson investigates why. The article covers compounding, mechanical properties and degradation times, moulding and extrusion, additive manufacturing of resorbable tissue engineering scaffolds, Absorb—the first resorbable stent, Purac glass fibre composites, supercritical CO2 sterilisation, and coloration.
26. Folio: Liquid silicone
A low-viscosity, addition-curing silicone for soft compression effects.
29. Country Report: Germany
Germany is the European leader in innovation—second only to the USA in terms of patent registrations. The report is followed by a round up of medical plastics research institutions in Germany.
34. Cover Story: Micro matter
Pushing micro moulding boundaries with Accumold.
37. Design 4 Life: Licensed to Cure
Dassault launches dedicated medical device design sofware.
38. Modular Cleanrooms: A guide
Sean Fryers of Connect2Cleanrooms gives us a glimpse into the versatile world of modular cleanroms.
41. Doctor’s Note: Plastic and 3D Tomo
Machined plastics help physicists test performance of 3D digital breast tomosynthesis imaging equipment.
42. Pharmapack: Drug contact plastic
Interview with Steve Duckworth, head of medical and pharma at Clariant, about additives for cyclic olefins, extractables and leachables by Joy Harrison of Smithers Rapra, and “out of the box” packaging design from Team Consulting.
40. Events: Diary and VinylTec
Medical plastics diary in Q1 2013 and a review of SPE’s VinylTec conference in Chicago by Jodie Laughlin.