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Miniature Motion in Medical Devices
6/24/2011

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The development of a light, compact, efficient, ultra-low-powered, untethered Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO) system has the potential to yield significant advances in orthotic control mechanisms and treatment strategies.
The development of a light, compact, efficient, ultra-low-powered, untethered Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO) system has the potential to yield significant advances in orthotic control mechanisms and treatment strategies.

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apresher
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Pneumatics
apresher   4/8/2012 10:01:45 PM
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Pneumatics technology has been used in medical devices for many years, but now there are significant technology advances that are producing finer proportional control than in the past. Pneumatic systems are also working on portability issues, and solutions for low power designs.

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3D_Eng   7/27/2011 6:31:32 PM
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I am surprised by the pneumatic application.  Although light, they tend to lack the power density required for many portable applications.

Jennifer Campbell
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Re: Medical is new design engineering frontier
Jennifer Campbell   6/27/2011 12:59:55 PM
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I couldn't agree more. Here's another interesting related story which appeared in the December 2010 issue of Design News - Bionic Engineer.

 

 

Alexander Wolfe
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Medical is new design engineering frontier
Alexander Wolfe   6/24/2011 5:03:20 PM
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It's really exciting how medical is becoming a hot bed of design engineering innovation. In a related vein, check out our recent story, High-Tech Implants.

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