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Image: Smart hip joint prosthesis with coated shape memory actuators made of nickel-titanium alloy; Copyright: Fraunhofer IWU

Long-term implants: benefitting the healthcare system and patients

02/11/2017

An implant shows signs of aging and fatigue after a certain amount of time inside the body. It must be replaced since its functionality can no longer be guaranteed. Unfortunately, the inevitable surgery is a major physical as well as mental strain for patients. Now twelve Fraunhofer Institutes have addressed this issue; among them is the Fraunhofer FEP with its knowledge in surface refinement.
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Image: FlyPi with fluorescence module; Copyright: Tom baden

"FlyPi": an affordable do-it-yourself microscope

01/09/2017

It is portable, cheap and can be adapted to many individual experiments – Tom Baden and André Maia Chagas developed the "FlyPi", a modular labware system, based on 3D printing, an open-source manual and self-programmed electronics. The question arises if these open source solutions and the current maker-movement have the potential to transform science.
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Image: Collage of several images that show the function of printed, flexible electronics; Copyright: Leibniz INM

Hybrid inks: printed electronics without sintering

03/07/2017

Printed electronics play an ever-increasing role, both in medical technology and other sectors: it is a flexible and space-saving solution and can be manufactured in large quantities at low cost. Right now, newly developed hybrid inks simplify the production of printed electronics and open up new applications thanks to their biocompatible properties.
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Image: Chip with two seperate microcirculations. Next to it lies a one euro coin as a reference size; Copyright: Fraunhofer IWS

Microphysiological Systems: ethically correct and highly realistic

02/05/2017

Nobody wants to miss out on the blessing of modern medicine. But despite all of its advances, there is still one downside: animal testing. It's hotly contested for a variety of reasons. On the one hand, it is ethically questionable, while the transfer of results and application to humans is not always accurate on the other. The microphysiological systems of the Fraunhofer IWS offer an alternative.
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Picture: A green plastic frame, in which a picture of the lacewing eggs can be seen. Before this, a film is stretched, which consists of artificial silk of green lacewings; Copyright: Fraunhofer IAP

Artificial silk of green lacewings for medical technology

01/03/2017

Researchers have often "looked over nature’s shoulder", sometimes with amazing results. Now the lacewing was given this honor. The way they put their eggs on bend-resistant stems, researchers want to use for new films, globules or capsules. COMPAMED has asked how far the process has progressed.
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Image: A metal cylinder with a small blue-white flame coming from its tip; Copyright: FH Aachen

Surgery: precise incisions with microwave plasma

03/01/2017

Gentle surgical techniques support a faster patient recovery process. This also includes high-frequency surgery, where electric current passes through the body via the scalpel. This makes tiny, precise surgical cuts (incisions) possible and promotes vascular closure in the wound area. However, this technique is not without risk for the patient.
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