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Research, development and commercial applications of advanced flexible materials.

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3D Bioprinting in Orthopedics

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The use of flexible materials in the medical field has revolutionized the treatment of a variety of conditions. Orthopedics, in particular, has the potential to benefit enormously from the recent advances in 3D printing. Flexible materials in the form of hydrogels are dominating the research on hard and soft tissue scaffolding. The techniques using hydrogels to create biocompatible scaffolds allow for scalable, customizable products that encourage regeneration of damaged tissue. 

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New Technologies Combined with Flexible Materials Create a New E-Skin for Prosthetics

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More than two million Americans are currently living with a lost limb. The use of artificial limbs has been around for millennia, dating back to ancient Egyptians. However, it wasn't until 1912 that lighter, aluminum prosthesis were available. The 21st century will no doubt be remembered as a significant step forward in prosthetic functionality as well. Through the combination of flexible materials that mimic human skin and sensory-enabled technologies, researchers are helping amputees become more functional and improve their overall quality of life.

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Advances in Exoskeletal Materials

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Developments in prostheses and robot technology have advanced rapidly, leading to the manufacture of devices known as 'exoskeletons.' These rigid devices, usually constructed with plastic and metal, act as an external skeleton, providing support and mobility to someone with decreased muscle tone or activity. While these devices provide exciting capabilities to the wearer, they are inherently heavy and inflexible.

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5 Types of Flexible Composites Transforming Your Healthcare

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Simply put, a composite is a material made from two or more materials that have different properties. When combined together, the chemical and physical properties of the different materials work together to form a unique material or composite. Combining materials is nothing new. The Egyptians were doing it millenniums ago, combining mud and straw to make buildings, boats, and pottery. The 20th century saw great leaps in composites, largely spurred on by the second world war. In recent decades, however, composite materials have aided the production of a new gold standard in healthcare.  

 

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What's the next step in Fighting Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria? Nanotechnology

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Over the last hundred years, antibiotics have been central to the extraordinary rate of improvement in medical technology. From swiftly curing basic infections to raising the rate of survival after invasive surgical procedures, they have given humanity superior life expectancy and overall health today than at any point in the history of civilization. As many know, however, excessive and improper prescription of antibiotics to treat illness has led to the appearance of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In the search for novel approaches to fighting this bacteria, nanotechnology has come into increasing use.

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