Prosthetics

Advances in prosthetics are rapid.

Draft page – more information coming soon.

See also: artificial organs and regenerative medicine.

Latest News

Heat-sensitive artificial skin mimics viper organ – The Engineer – 30-Jan-2017
Artificial skin can sense temperature changes.
Could enable amputees to sense heat via prosthetics.
Uses a thin film of water and pectin just 20 micrometres thick.
It can detect changes of less than a tenth of a degree.

A robotic hand with a human’s delicate sense of touch – Kurzweil AI – 16-Dec-2016
Uses soft, stretchable optoelectronic sensors in the fingers to detect shape and texture.
Sensors use a 3D-printed mould and a soft-lithography process to create a fluidically powered, stretchable material.
(with video)

3D printed titanium sternum and rib cage (video) – CSIRO – 10-Sep-2015
Cancer patient needed sternum and part of rib cage replaced.
Body scanned for exact anatomy. 3D printed with electron beam metal printer.
Slips over remaining original bones with holes for screws.

 

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