May 16, 2016

No Surprises! 4 Questions to Ask About Consulting Transparency

A key factor in selecting an outsource medical device development firm is transparency of data and information. From billing to IP assignment to day-to-day operations, how can you know if you will experience the level of transparency you need to appropriately manage your project? Here are four questions you should ask… and why these are important questions to ask any firm you consider: 1) How do you track time & materials? How often will I […]
May 2, 2016

Beyond 3D Printing: 5 Benefits of On Site Rapid Prototyping

3D printing is much in the news right now, and yes, it’s an astonishing technology that we at REV.1 Engineering use frequently. We’re very proud to have state-of-the-art FDM and Polyjet 3D printing capabilities under roof. However, we also understand that rapid prototyping extends well beyond 3D printing. The key word in the phrase rapid prototyping is rapid! That’s why it’s important to have a wide variety of capabilities on site. It’s also important to […]
April 20, 2016

From Feasibility to Design Freeze: 5 Key Risks in Medical Device Development

Moving a medical device from “napkin sketch” to commercialization is a complex business requiring a wide variety of skills. Most risk should be mitigated in the feasibility phase, where all aspects and options for design are researched and explored. The key overarching risk in medical device product development is moving from feasibility to design freeze and development too quickly. This inevitably costs more time and money in the backend when problems are encountered requiring “do-overs” […]
April 1, 2016

When 2 Heads Equal 10: FTEs in Medical Device Development

Efficient staffing for medical device research and development can be a logistical nightmare, especially if you are trying to build an in-house R&D team. Many start-ups only have funding for two to three staff positions. The breadth of skills needed for the entire medical device development process is not possible to cover with just two or three people. Think about which specialties your project plan requires: • VP of R&D • Program manager • Design […]