3D printing is one of the hottest topics in the tech space now, but did you know it is saving lives? Professors from the University of Michigan created a 3D-printed lung split that was used in 2011 to save the life of a six-week-old infant with severe tracheobronchomalacia, a rare disease of the central airways. When the infant’s trachea and left bronchus collapsed, preventing crucial airflow from reaching his lungs, the child underwent a tracheostomy and was put on a ventilator—only it didn’t work.
At the time, only a prototype of the 3D-printed device existed. The doctors obtained emergency clearance from the Food and Drug Administration. A CT scan of the trachea and bronchus was used to design the device. With computer modeling software, doctors created a splint that perfectly matched the child’s windpipe and printed it with a biodegradable polyester called polycaprolactone.
The splint envelopes the outside of the bronchus. Sutures pass through the splint to tether the trachea, which expands the bronchus and inflates the trachea. The splint opens with growth and will dissolve within three years. While it may sound like science fiction, this successful procedure is paving the way for advances in dissolvable devices printed for medical use and surgical reconstruction.
Ever snapped the head off a bolt? Chances are the anti-seize you almost grabbed would have saved you a lot of time, not to mention aggravation.
Although they’ve been around since the 1940s, anti-seize lubricants are widely misunderstood and under-utilized. So, what is the typical application for an anti-seize? Any bolted joint which experiences a high temperature environment and requires future maintenance. It also improves gasket performance, prevents galling, protects against corrosive environments and more.
Is it worth the extra step? If you’re interested in saving time and lowering equipment replacement costs, you may want to consider an anti-seize lubricant.
One application for an anti-seize is during the assembly and disassembly of outside equipment. Anti-seize can be used to fill in the gaps between threads on a bolt. The lubricant protects against moisture and adds lubricity, so the bolt can be easily removed and replaced as needed.
The applications for anti-seize are virtually limitless. Save a bolt or two—and the ensuing headache; try Henkel Loctite anti-seize lubricants for maximum efficiency.
Lightbulb hacking. It might not sound like a real threat, but savvy, networked lighting hackers could gain access to your entire building automation and smart home systems.
The necessity for preventing unwanted access to connected safety and security devices like door locks and security cameras goes without saying; however, any device connected to the network, including a lightbulb or appliance, can serve as a gateway to the system. Researchers have demonstrated this across multiple brands of lighting products utilizing both WiFi and mesh protocols like Zigbee.
The key to protecting connected devices? Rely on a dedicated, tamper-resistant security device, such as a secure microcontroller that enables secure storage of network passwords and authentication keys.
Henkel Adhesive Technologies recently announced it has formed a partnership with molding equipment manufacturer LPMS USA in an effort to provide customers greater access to low pressure molding solutions and Henkel’s Technomelt materials.
The low pressure molding process is an alternative to traditional potting techniques. LPMS USA will leverage the capabilities of Henkel’s Technomelt polyamide hotmelt products in order to melt, mold and cool the materials around electronic devices. The process encapsulates the materials and forms self-enclosed, functional assemblies.
Lower stress than traditional injection molding, low pressure molding has been successfully employed in numerous industries, including automotive, LED lighting, medical and wearables.
The world’s first stretchable thin-film transistor (TFT) driven LED display laminated into textiles is expected to turn clothing into information displays.
Although healthcare monitors and activity trackers are gaining in popularity, they are separate devices. Users must remember to wear them. With the advent of this new technology, monitors and trackers will soon be integrated into our clothing.
The conformable LED displays are fabricated on a polyimide substrate and encapsulated in rubber, which allows them to be laminated into washable clothing. The technology uses known fabrication steps, allowing for the rapid integration into manufacturing.
The discovery was made by researchers from Holt Centre (set up by TNO and imec), imec and CMST, imec’s associated lab at Ghent University.