University of Florida Researchers Announce 3D Printing Process for Soft Silicone Implants

Published by , August 11, 2017 12:21 pm

(UniversityofFlorida.edu) Researchers at the University of Florida announced a process they developed for using 3D printing and soft silicone to manufacture items that millions of patients use: ports for draining bodily fluids, implantable bands, balloons, soft catheters, slings and meshes. This advancement promises significantly quicker implantation of devices that are stronger, less expensive, more flexible and more comfortable than anything currently available.
Currently, such devices are molded, which could take days or weeks to create customized parts designed to fit an individual patient. The 3D printing method cuts that time to hours, potentially saving lives. What’s more, extremely small and complex devices, such as drainage tubes containing pressure-sensitive valves, simply cannot be molded in one step.

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