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Researchers make an ear with 3D printer using cellulose

Researchers make an ear with 3D printer using cellulose

Written by David

January 16, 2019

Empa researcher Michael Hausmann holds up a 3D printed ear. He uses nanocellulose as the basis for new implants. (Image: empa.ch) Scientists at Empa have used cellulose to 3D print an ear . Cellulose is the main chemical that forms the principal structure of plants. Most of the cell wall of a plant cell consists of cellulose. The cellulose that the scientists used to 3D print the ear comes from wood. The researchers are currently equipping cellulose with additional functionalities to 3D print implants for cartilage diseases. Empa (Eidgenössische Materialprüfungs- und Forschungsanstalt) is the German acronym for the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology. Researchers from Empa, ETH Zürich, and Anton Paar Germany GmbH wrote about their work in the journal ACS Nano (citation below) . The authors were MK. Hausmann, PA. Rühs, G. Siqueira, J. Läuger, R. Libanori, T. Zimmermann, and AR. Studart. 3D printer makes […]

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