Zeniva PEEK (polyetheretherketone). One of the most chemically resistant plastics available, PEEK also exhibits high strength and stiffness along with excellent toughness and fatigue resistance.
Proniva SRP (self-reinforced polyphenylene). Described as the stiffest and strongest unreinforced thermoplastic available, SRP also offers exceptional chemical resistance and hardness.
Veriva PPSU (polyphenylsulfone). This polymer offers toughness combined with transparency and excellent chemical resistance.
Eviva PSU (polysulfone). PSU provides “practical” toughness in a strong, transparent polymer.
New production processes and significant testing was required to make these materials eligible for implants. These efforts included meeting the relevant aspects of the current Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) guidelines of the Food & Drug Administration’s 21CFR Part 820 Quality Systems Requirements and ensuring manufacturing operations are in compliance with relevant aspects of the ISO 13485 Quality Management System for the manufacture of medical devices.
OEMs evaluating the new materials include Zimmer Medical, a leading orthopedic supplier based in Warsaw, IN. The market for knee implants alone is $5.2 billion annually and is growing at an 8 percent clip, estimates Zimmer Chief Financial Officer James T. Crines.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
The first Tacoma Narrows Bridge was a Washington State suspension bridge that opened in 1940 and spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. It opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, and dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7, just four months after it opened.
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