About the size of a handheld stopwatch, the 37-cc Virtuoso typically is implanted in the area of the shoulder. Leads to the heart enable it to watch for a racing heartbeat.Wireless implantable defibrillators are now able to wake themselves and send RF-based data to a bedside monitor, across an analog phone line, and, finally, to an Internet server that can alert a physician. (Photo courtesy of Medtronic Inc.)Medtronic’s CareLink Monitor receives information from the defibrillator at prescheduled dates and times via a 402-MHz radio frequency link and then transmits that data without the patient needing to do anything.
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
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