July 14, 2016

Skin in the Game: 5 Ways to Create a Contractor Partnership

“REV.1 Engineering gets involved and puts skin in the game. They are very good problem solvers who take ownership. It wasn’t just ‘the client’s’ project, it was always ‘OUR’ project.” That’s the kind of testimonial you want to be able to give your contract R&D firm! And it’s certainly the kind of testimonial we love to get! When you choose your medical device development contractor, be sure you select a partner who cares about your […]
June 30, 2016
FEA fatigue testing

Designing with Finite Element Analysis

You’re likely already familiar with finite element analysis (FEA) and its use in medical device development. From stress-strain to thermal heating to fatigue, FEA is an indispensable part of the product development process. By simulating the use (and potential misuse) of a product, engineers calculate stresses and strains under different loading conditions. Typically, the engineers who handle finite element analysis are separate from the design team. They specialize in that one technique, and in the […]
June 15, 2016

Critical Chain Methodology: 5 Steps to Project Success

Most project managers use software that provides basic Gantt chart and cascading waterfalls of activities. Key milestones are laid out and the dependencies for reaching those milestones. Critical chain methodology revolutionizes program management for complex projects. Critical chain methodology is based on the theory of constraints, identifying the most important limiting factors or constraints to finishing a program or reaching a specific goal within a program. Here are 5 steps to improving program management outcomes […]
May 31, 2016

Increase Speed with Parallel Pre-Clinical Modeling

In a recent blog, we discussed the benefits of rapid prototyping with on-site 3D printing and machining capabilities. The same “need for speed” applies to pre-clinical modeling and bench testing. Rapid prototype iterations save time only if each can be quickly tested and verified (or not). The prototyping team should be working closely with the bench testing team to keep the cycle of design/create/test/verify moving as quickly as possible. The first step to speeding up […]