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See how researchers 3D-print a soft medical sensor on an expanding lung

See how researchers 3D-print a soft medical sensor on an expanding lung

Written by David

June 30, 2020

3D printing can be tricky, even when the surface you’re printing on holds perfectly still. Now imagine 3D-printing a critical medical sensor on an expanding and contracting organ like a lung or a heart.

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That’s a whole new level of difficulty, but it’s a challenge that may be surmountable. A University of Minnesota (UMN) team of computer scientists and mechanical engineers published a study on 3D-printed deformable sensors in the journal Science Advances on Wednesday. The university released an eye-opening video showing the printing technique in action.

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The method uses motion capture technology to track the placement of a soft sensor during the 3D-printing process. The team used markers similar to […]

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