Researchers create 3D printed medical gear tailored to babies
TechCrunch - 10/27/2015
“With neonatal care, each baby is a different size, each baby has a different set of problems,” said Randall Erb, assistant professor at Northeastern. “You can print a catheter whose geometry is specific to the individual patient, you can insert it up to a certain critical spot, you can avoid puncturing veins, and you can expedite delivery of the contents.”
The researchers described their technology in a recent paper.
The system uses both plastic and ceramic fibers to create rigid and highly exact objects. The ceramic fiber is place in various configurations in the object to make the holes and curves in the object more durable. The researchers said this is the same system used by “bones to tree” to create naturally strong objects.