3D Printing Delicate Cochlear Implants

Germany’s Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) has used 3D printing technology to create minute and complex components that can be used in delicate cochlear repair surgery.

In collaboration with the Hannover Medical School (HMS), LZH used a laser sintering additive manufacturing method to build micrometer long curly-cue devices that can replace the small bones embedded deep within your inner ear.

Although the scale and precision of LZH’s parts are impressive, the most remarkable aspect is their ability to expand and contract with memory in response to the ambient temperature changes that affect the inner ear. … (Read more)

Source: Engineering.com

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