Video showing how corneas are 3D printed

Engineering Minute – 3D printed corneas

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Researchers at Newcastle University in the UK have successfully 3D printed human corneas as a way to overcome the current shortage of cornea transplants available. The corneas were created by mixing healthy cornea stem cells with alginate and collagen which produced a printable “bio-ink”. The bio-ink was than used in a low-cost 3d bio-printer to […]

video showing how the smart thread works

Engineering Minute – Smart Fiber

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Researchers at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland are working on a smart fiber that can detect slight changes in pressure and strain and can withstand large amounts of deformation. The fiber is the perfect candidate for use in developing smart clothing and prosthetics. The fibers are created using a technique similar to manufacturing […]

How the 3D printed smart gel moves

Engineering Minute – 3D Printed Smart Gel

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3D Printed Smart Gel That Walks Underwater Rutgers University engineers have created a 3D printed smart gel that can grab and move objects and walks underwater. In order to move, the hydrogel is placed in an electrolyte solution with two wires. When electricity is applied, the gel is stimulated to move and change shape. The […]

see how the low cost robotic hand works

Engineering Minute – Low Cost Robotic Hand

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Low Cost Robotic Hand Engineers at the Italian Institute of Technology have developed a robotic hand prosthesis that gives users 90% functionality. The hand, dubbed Hannes, has long lasting battery life, a strong grip, and individual finger manipulation, all at a lower cost. The user has the ability to switch between three different styles of […]

The portable cough assistance device

Engineering Minute – Portable Cough Assistance Device

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Portable Cough Assistance Device Students at Grand Valley State University have developed a portable cough assistance device that functions without electricity. The device helps clears the airway of patients who have neuromuscular diseases that prevent them from having a productive cough. Unlike most cough assistance devices, this one is portable, lightweight, and about the size […]

the sodium sensing retainer

Engineering Minute – Sodium Sensing Retainer

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Sodium sensing retainer helps manage hypertension Engineers at Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a sensor that measures a person’s salt intake in an effort to help a patient better control their blood pressure. The sensor, resembles a dental retainer, and uses Bluetooth technology to wirelessly transmit collected data to an app. The app can […]