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New 3D Printing Strategy May Lead to Better Medicinal Implants

Written by David

January 28, 2019

Researchers have created the first 3D-printed fluid circuit element which may be used in implantable devices that release therapies directly into the body. The diode so tiny that 10 could rest on the width of a human hair ensures fluids move in only a single direction, according to the research published in the journal Nature: Scientific Reports. The microfluidic diode also represents the first use of a 3-D nanoprinting strategy that breaks through previous cost and complexity barriers hindering advancements in areas from personalised medicine to drug delivery, they said. “Just as shrinking electric circuits revolutionised the field of electronics, the ability to dramatically reduce the size of 3D printed microfluidic circuitry sets the stage for a new era in fields like pharmaceutical screening, medical diagnostics, and microrobotics,” said Ryan Sochol, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland (UMD) in the US. Scientists have in recent years tapped […]

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