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 […]
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 […]
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