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Cyborgs of tomorrow will be made of tiny 3D-printed tech

• dvice.com
  Researchers at Tel Aviv University are reporting that they have discovered a way to 3D print tiny, bio-compatible devices which will enable the creation of a whole new generation of cybernetic implants and limbs.

Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) are tiny devices, no greater in size than a single millimeter, which aid in the workings of all manner of consumer products. Traditionally, these MEMS are made out of silicon, metal or ceramics — none of which are all that easily integrated into say, a vascular system.

But a new polymer, supplied by French chemical producer Arkema/Piezotech and adapted for 3D printing by Tel Aviv University doctoral candidates Leeya Engel and Jenny Shklovsky, changes all that. Safer, more comfortable, efficient prosthetics could be created.

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