British PhD student 3D prints on inflatable substrate to create artificial muscles

A Nottingham PhD student shows us that 3D printing technology can do a lot more for the medical world than just bioprinting. For Fergal Coulter, a lecturer and PhD candidate at the College of Art & Design and Build Environment at the Nottingham Trent University, is using 3D printing and scanning techniques to create artificial muscles.

This project is all about a very special kind of artificial muscles: Dielectric Elastomer Actuators (DEA). While perfect for a variety of medical applications – he refers to examples such as cardiac assist pumps and tools that can help with sphincter paralysis –  these DEAs can even be used in 3D printed bio-robotic prosthetics, so these can potentially really make a big difference. … (read more)