Biomechanical engineer Filip Jelínek of the Austrian Center for Medical Innovation and Technology has developed prototypes for a medical device which use 3D design and printing which is likely to change how doctors analyze and remove cancerous tissues and perform what are known as “keyhole” operations.
The tool is meant to be minimally invasive, and it’s aimed at improving the durability and manufacturability of medical instrumentation.
Working in collaboration with Paul Breedveld and Rob Pessers of Delft University of Technology, Jelínek built the DragonFlex, a steerable, minimally invasive surgical instrument prototype. It looks a bit like a pair of scissors, but procedures undertaken using the device cut recovery time for patients and leave less post-operative scar tissue behind. Almost entirely 3D printed, the DragonFlex uses very few components to keep down manufacturing costs and limit assembly time. Jelínek believes the instrument can be marketed as a disposable, single-use product. … (read more)