Medical Device Miniaturization results in devices with improved capabilities as in less invasive, more precise, and useful.
FREMONT, CA: Miniaturization of medical devices is gaining more significance as it improves the patient quality of life. Medical device manufacturers should keep in mind that these devices should be customized for the application. There arise challenges while choosing the components due to a lack of adequate data about their material properties at a miniaturized scale. Because the properties vary with change in the size of the components, problems occur with assembly features, sealing, mechanical, and electrical components in the miniaturized assemblies. The manufacturers have to take into account the conditions, sterilization techniques, or sustained loading/strain in a miniaturized assembly.
Most of the clients look for manufacturers who pay heed to the level of interaction and sensitivity of the device while ensuring a better user experience. Miniaturized devices achieve better interfacing with humans and are more flexible to reduce patient trauma while reducing the length of patient stays. Semiconductor technology has made efficient designing possible as they consume less power, less material, and shipping costs. Micro injection molding allows creating optimized micro medical products by making smaller plastic parts with higher precision, more complex features, and with different materials. Advancements in high-precision mold making and molding technology allows for more designing more miniaturized medical device components.
Also, bioabsorbable materials are highly recommended materials for specific applications in the medical device industry. These materials offer benefits while supporting fixation, ENT, wound closure, and drug-delivery markets.
Not all applications require the miniaturized device and the specific device categories driving miniaturization include:
• Point-of-care technologies introduced for improved patient care and comfort including wearable devices to tolerate chronic pain
• Pediatric applications need smaller versions of the adult versions.
• Outpatient surgical procedures that do not demand more care.
• Pairing with MedTech advancements, including robotics, optical imaging, and computer processing.
Smaller the device less will be the expense. Because these devices are designed for mobile applications, they require the integration of wireless technology. Top of all, smaller devices are less invasive, resulting in less trauma during surgeries and other minor procedures.