When it comes to shifting production to aid in the COVID-19 pandemic, challenges can exist even if the product isn’t a sharp deviation from products you normally manufacture. That’s what Kentwood, Mich.-based Autocam Medical, a global contract manufacturer of orthopedic implants, spinal implants, precision instruments and orthopedic cutting tools, discovered. As the pandemic swept around […]
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Medical industry technologies are evolving to serve more surgical and patient needs. People are living longer, with higher expectations for staying active as they age. Surgeons want better devices, instruments, and tools to help them achieve these goals—which in most cases requires state-of-the-art manufacturing and tight-tolerance machining. Machining continues to advance to meet the challenges […]
Successful design and manufacture of an implant requires that everyone involved, including your contract manufacturer, is familiar with the product and its components. Autocam Medical Account Managers Michael Spencer and Morgan Taylor are experiencing more conversations during the design for manufacturing (DFM) phase, and some OEMs are even sharing their Design Failure Mode and Effects […]
As the healthcare industry began responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, concerns emerged of a potential shortage of ready-to-use ventilators for patients. The response to such need has been incredible, from medical device companies and their innovation partners to manufacturers and designers from other industries. MD+DI shares some of these amazing stories below, and we’d love […]
The process of launching a product or business as a maker doesn’t happen in a vacuum. From a budding entrepreneur’s first exposure to engineering to career fairs to hands-on shops where students and early-stage developers can work on prototypes, Michigan offers a bevy of resources. Continue reading at DBusiness…
The city of Grand Rapids launched a youth employment program aimed at providing jobs for 1,000 young people. GRow1000: Employing 1000 GR youth for a brighter tomorrow is designed for Grand Rapids residents ages 15 to 21. The city is home to more than 9,000 residents in this age group. The program is a collaborative […]
Ear, nose, and throat surgeon Dr. Kyle VanKoevering is doing his part to help Veterans and others who fall ill with COVID-19. Working together with a team at the University of Michigan, he developed a new device that will allow two patients with different needs to safely use the same ventilator. As the scope of […]
MW Industries Inc., a manufacturer of precision metal components, has been playing a role in the supply chain for ventilators and other medical devices needed in the COVID-19 pandemic response. All of its locations have remained open to support the needs of its clients in every industry, including the following medical device industry support described […]
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cripple every industry, and the orthopedic implant market is especially affected. With the exception of traumatic injuries, orthopedic surgeries are elective. The U.S. Surgeon General and many medical specialties such as the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Anesthesiologists recommended interim cancellation of elective surgical procedures for […]
Researchers at the University of Michigan, collaborating with Autocam Medical, have tackled the COVID-19 crisis of potential ventilator shortages globally and developed VentMI in remarkable time – from prototype to available for use in under a month. This new ventilator splitter overcomes a previously critical limitation for shared use of these devices. Previous splitters could […]
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