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Make a bone implant – with a jet

Dear Sir or Madam,

When surgeons want to treat a bone defect, they can use a scaffold – this is a porous implant where bone cells can grow to support healing. But the cells often do not like this artificial environment. As a result, they do not grow into new tissue. In our current interview at COMPAMED-tradefair.com, Dr. Thomas Neubert explains how a plasma jet can turn a scaffold into a comfortable new home for cells.

Have a good start into the weekend,

Timo Roth
Editorial team COMPAMED-tradefair.com

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Special: Coating in the emergency room
Interview: 3D printer with plasma jet
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Coating against hospital germs in the emergency room

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Image: a row of red metal chairs in a corridor, on the last one sees a person sitting blurred; Copyright: panthermedia.net/trybex
Hospitals are gateways to viruses and bacteria. Emergency departments, in particular, are often affected by dangerous microbes. To reduce the germ load in hospitals, the NE-Offensive joint research project aims to develop antimicrobial coatings that offer permanent surface protection. They are designed to complement conventional hygiene practices and to keep dangerous germs at bay. The University Hospital Regensburg is now testing one of these types of coatings.
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Coating against hospital germs in the emergency room
Hygiene: coatings against microbes
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Electrical Engineering & Nanotechnology

Movie technology inspires wearable liquid unit

A fascination with movie technology that showed robots perform self-repair through a liquid formula inspired a Purdue University professor to make his own discoveries - which are now helping to lead the way for advancements in self-powering devices such as consumer electronics and defense innovations.
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Electrical Engineering & Nanotechnology

New microfluidics device can detect cancer cells in blood

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Queensland University of Technology of Australia, have developed a device that can isolate individual cancer cells from patient blood samples.
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Materials & Production

Light provides control for 3D printing with multiple materials

Successful applications have come despite the fact that most 3D printing techniques can only produce parts made of one material at a time. More complex applications could be developed if 3D printers could use different materials and create multi-material parts.
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Materials & Production

Injection molding: designing parts faster

Using a new calculation process, it is now possible to predict fiber orientation-dependent component behavior in relation to shaped elements at an early stage and thus design the component in accordance with the expected load.
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Bone Implants: 3D printer with plasma jet technology

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Image: Polymer scaffold, which is treated from above with a plasma jet; Copyright: Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg
Using 3D printers to make body parts, especially bone structures, is not an entirely new approach. However, using plasma jet technology to simultaneously embed a special coating to the scaffold is certainly a new idea. The Fraunhofer IST just succeeded in implementing this process.
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Bone Implants: 3D printer with plasma jet technology
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Innovations

Powering a pacemaker with a patient's heartbeat

Implantable pacemakers have without doubt altered modern medicine, saving countless lives by regulating heart rhythm. But they have one serious shortcoming: Their batteries last only five to 12 years, at which point they have to be replaced surgically.
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Laboratory Medicine & Hygiene

Robotic sensor technology: diagnose reproductive health problems in real-time

The technology, developed by researchers at Imperial College London and The University of Hong Kong, can be used to measure hormones that affect fertility, sexual development and menstruation more quickly and cheaply than current methods.
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Materials Science

Upcycle plastics into superior products

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have discovered a method of plastics upcycling - transforming discarded products into new, high-value materials of better quality and environmental value - that could economically incentivize the recycling of waste plastics and help solve one of the world's most looming pollution problems.
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