At this year's MD&M West show, lots of material suppliers talked about new formulations for wearables and things that stick to the skin, whether it's adhesives, wound dressings, skin patches and other drug delivery devices, or medical electronics of various kinds.
Suppliers are developing more skin-sensitive materials and processes for all types of wearable medical devices. At the show, I also heard about the continuing trends in tougher, more cost-effective materials for disposable devices, especially devices using various methods for drug delivery, as well as plastics that resist sterilization and disinfectants for reusable devices.
Ann R. Thryft is senior technical editor, materials & assembly, for Design News. She's been writing about manufacturing- and electronics-related technologies for 28 years, covering manufacturing materials & processes, alternative energy, and robotics. In the past, she's also written about machine vision and all kinds of communications.