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Invented the printing method of better prostheses
Miniaturization of electronics continues to revolutionize the medical industry is tiny wearable devices and implantable sensors in the patient’s body. Researchers from Tel Aviv University ( TAU ) have developed a new method of microprinting, allowing a flexible and energy-efficient microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), safe for use in the human body .
Typically, MEMS are manufactured in the form of sensors and actuators. The sensors detect movement and convert chemical signals into electrical signals, which are then interpreted by the system. Actuators, in turn, converts the signal into mechanical motion.
Designed to TAU method replaces silicon, which is usually used as a base material for nanoscale components, non-toxic organic polymer. This allows you to create more flexible and thin biocompatible membrane. The production of MEMS is not associated with large time and monetary costs.
At the moment, the research team is using a new manufacturing process for the production of components, but soon hopes to create a fully functional miniature sensors and actuators for use in consumer electronics and medical devices. This may be the controllers of bionic limbs that respond to nerve impulses, or prosthetic bladder that regulate urination in people paralyzed below the waist.
In TAU hope that their new development can be used in the production of polymer MEMS for artificial muscles and flexible displays. Increased sensitivity and energy efficiency MEMS will also help extend the battery life of mobile devices.
Full description of a new printing process appears in the journal Microelectronic Engineering.
Earlier in the Southern California Institute of Architecture have created a 3D-printer NSTRMNT, which is able to adjust the printable objects .
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