K1C CASE STUDIES
Bootstrapping startup approached us with a great idea. They have a terrific team with a highly skilled electrical engineer and great designers but needed hardware help to create a product that can be easily manufactured in a highly competitive field and optimized design for use in a range of enviorments.
We dove deep into exactly what the customer needed. Explored thoughts, sketches and end use. We then aligned this with manufacturing needs and cost requirements to create a solution that their early adopters will love. More to come!
SMART CAPSULE DRUG DELIVERY SYSTEM
A medical device startup goal was to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of creating an inexpensive smart drug-delivery capsule that can be controlled wirelessly to release the drug to targeted areas within the GI tract.
We proposed and built a smart capsule prototype that utilized a responsive smart polymer actuator for remote actuation to control the drug release. The device consisted of a drug reservoir with a microvalve system and polymer actuator to open and close the microvalve. Our novel approach is a much simpler design compared to other existing electro-mechanical approaches to smart pills.
MANUFACTURING RAMP UP FOR FDA APPROVAL
A medical device startup was moving from concept to production with a highly complicated cardio vascular implant. In order to obtain regulatory clearance they needed to quickly ramp up manufacturing from engineering bench to production in a clean room.
We worked with the customer to determine that a high mix low volume manufacturing environment was needed. We quickly created simple fixtures for three different manufacturing lines and mistake proofed the assembly process. This allowed for rapid training of operators and creation of manufacturing documentation.
POLYMER MATERIAL ROOT CAUSE AND MATERIAL EVALUATION
A medical device implant manufacturer was experiencing issues with their device changing shape during sterilization. The client had had spent a number of hours creating and executing design of experiments but without success in determinging the cause. This was delaying a extremely critical product launch.
K1C held a discovery meeting to determine what was critical to the customer. After the discovery meeting, creep testing was performed and our team determined the internal fibers were the issue. K1C quickly sourced a new material and provided the material testing results. The company is now back on track and with a stellar product!
ELECTROSPINNING SYSTEM DESIGN AND FABRICATION FOR THE SUPPORT OF TRANSCORNEAL DRAINAGE FILTER DEVICE R&D
Team of researchers needed to fabricate a nano-porous transcorneal drainage filter. Their challenge was fabricating a nano-porous filter for their research and development effort in addition to time and budget constrains.
Our team helped with design and fabrication of electropsinning system. The electrospinning system was utilized to make nano-porous fiber mesh for fabrication of transcorneal drainage filter. Merging the surgical approach that shunts aqueous humor into the tear film with this novel polymeric filter platform and device design resulted in a treatment that can address glaucoma for the life cycle of the disease with robust efficacy and long-standing performance.