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A Quick Guide of Manufacturing Options for Wearables

on 7/12/21 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Wearables
Wearables are revolutionizing the medical field. Today’s medical devices are lighter, more portable, and smarter than ever before. Of course, achieving this level of innovation often requires an equally innovative manufacturing approach. The good news for designers and OEMs is there’s a wide range of manufacturing options available to transform a wearable design into a finished product. In this guide, we highlight critical considerations, including material selection, printing, and custom converting processes.
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The Challenges of Sticking to Skin – And How to Overcome Them

on 10/7/20 9:21 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Wearables Printing Custom Converting
On a recent episode of our Better Product Solution Podcast, 3M’s Senior Product Development Engineer Bret Ludwig joined us to talk about advancements and opportunities in wearable skin tape and adhesives. One of the many fascinating topics that he discussed was how challenging it can be for a product to stick to skin. Here’s a quick clip.
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Empowering Remote Patient Monitoring with Flexible Printed Electronics

Telemedicine was already on the rise even before COVID-19 hit. However, it’s one thing for a medical professional to consult with a patient virtually – it’s a bigger challenge to perform diagnostics and monitoring from a distance. As our population grows and ages, along with the increasing rates of chronic health issues, our healthcare system is at risk of being overwhelmed. One strategy to keep up with demand and reduce overall cost is with remote patient monitoring.
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Podcast: Bret Ludwig from 3M on Wearable Medical Skin Tape & Adhesives

on 8/6/20 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Wearables Podcast
In this episode, we talked to Bret Ludwig, Senior Product Development Engineer at 3M. We talk a wide-ranging conversation with medical skin tapes on applications, different types of adhesives to use in different situations, and skin trauma.  Pretty much anybody who's looking to commercialize a wearable product shouldn't miss this because we cover all kinds of questions that are relevant to product teams.
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Making the Ultimate Wearable With Electronic Skin Patches

on 3/2/20 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 1 Comment | Manufacturing Wearables Printing
There's no denying that wearable technology has revolutionized the medical device market. Whether for counting steps or monitoring cardiac rhythm, wearables can help people stay healthy and improve clinical outcomes. However, for as far as wearable technology has advanced, most products are still rigid, sometimes bulky devices that are worn by the user – not directly attached to the body. That means there's an opportunity to take wearables to the next level with electronic skin patches. In fact, according to IDTechEx, revenue from electronic skin patches will grow to $20B by 2029.
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7 Key Steps in Developing a Wearable Medical Device

on 2/24/20 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Wearables
So you want to develop a wearable medical device? The good news is that the industry is booming – with sales of medical wearables to reach $19.7 billion by 2024 (IDTechEx). However, that also means you're entering a competitive, saturated market. In our extensive experience in the medical device industry, it’s not just about what you’re making – it’s how you make it – that determines your success. While there are many nuanced steps to developing a medical wearable, here are a few of the most important aspects for you to consider.
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2 Important Things to Consider When Developing a Wearable

on 12/10/19 2:45 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Wearables Custom Converting
Wearables are the next frontier for medical and electronic device companies. The demand for consumer products to monitor fitness and personal health is on the rise. According to Accenture, the use of consumer wearable devices quadrupled in four years – going from 9% in 2014 to 33% in 2018. On the clinical side, wearable health technology such as EGG monitors, blood pressure monitors, and biosensors allow doctors to base decisions on real-time data, improve patient outcomes, and improve the efficiency of nurses and other medical staff. The development of wearable devices comes with unique design and manufacturing challenges. Here are two things to consider when developing a wearable.
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Tapecon Sponsoring, Presenting & Exhibiting at MEDTECH2017

Tapecon is a sponsor of MEDTECH2017, held on October 30-31, in Buffalo, NY.
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