Systematic Methodologies for the Development of Biomedical Microdevices

  • Andrés Díaz LantadaEmail author
Part of the Studies in Mechanobiology, Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials book series (SMTEB, volume 18)


The application of systematic engineering design methodologies, together with relevant advances in computer-aided design, engineering and manufacturing (CAD-CAE-CAM) technologies, novel materials and micro-/nano-manufacturing resources, have reshaped product development in the last three decades, greatly improving aspects such as time-to-market and overall project costs, as well as final product or device quality and overall performance. These methodological and technological improvements have also a remarkable impact in the development of novel medical devices and all kinds of products in the biomedical field, but very especially in the area of biomedical microsystems for interacting at a cellular and even a molecular level. This chapter is focused on providing a general description of the product development process, but taking into consideration specific aspects for the field of biomedical microsystems. The typical product development stages are covered: (detection of a relevant need, planning and specifications, conceptual design, basic engineering, detailed engineering, production and product market life) and the systematic methodologies commonly applied are also analyzed, providing a historical perspective, together with an overall view of additional methods for ensuring end-quality. The present introduction to modern product development is complemented by the several cases of study included in the Handbook, which have been developed following the proposed steps of systematic procedures. The overview of advanced design, modeling and manufacturing technologies provided in Chaps.  6 10 help to additionally support the methodological aspects of present chapter with very relevant resources used along the Handbook. This chapter constitutes and adapted and improved version of “Chap.  1: Introduction to modern product development”, from Springer’s “Handbook on Advanced Design and Manufacturing Technologies for Medical Devices” also by Andrés Díaz Lantada.


Additive Manufacturing Quality Function Deployment Systematic Methodology Product Development Process Functional Framework 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mechanical Engineering Department – Product Development LaboratoryUniversidad Politécnica de MadridMadridSpain

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