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Research, development and commercial applications of advanced flexible materials.

Linnea Morrison

Linnea is a Marketing Associate at Boyd Technologies where she is responsible for managing digital content. Linnea grew up on a sheep farm in New Zealand. In high school, she moved with her family to a goat farm in Maine. Linnea received a BA in Atmospheric Science from Cornell University. An avid outdoors person, she enjoys mountain biking, skiing and snowshoeing with her husband in the Berkshires.

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Advances in Exoskeletal Materials

In Brief

Developments in prostheses and robot technology have advanced rapidly, leading to the manufacture of devices known as 'exoskeletons.' These rigid devices, usually constructed with plastic and metal, act as an external skeleton, providing support and mobility to someone with decreased muscle tone or activity. While these devices provide exciting capabilities to the wearer, they are inherently heavy and inflexible.

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Outlook for Wearables and Smart Textiles

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Advances in smart electronics have already produced a number of devices that are currently on the market. Textile manufacturers brought sensor-based smart wearables to the market, mainly for collection of bio-data (heart rate, body temperature, etc.) and use in workplace safety. 

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5 Types of Flexible Composites Transforming Your Healthcare

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Simply put, a composite is a material made from two or more materials that have different properties. When combined together, the chemical and physical properties of the different materials work together to form a unique material or composite. Combining materials is nothing new. The Egyptians were doing it millenniums ago, combining mud and straw to make buildings, boats, and pottery. The 20th century saw great leaps in composites, largely spurred on by the second world war. In recent decades, however, composite materials have aided the production of a new gold standard in healthcare.  

 

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Recent Innovations on Biodegradable Materials and Transient Electronics

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Transient electronics, also known as biodegradable electronics, is an emerging technology being explored across many fields and for various applications. When used in healthcare, biodegradable materials incorporated into medical devices could be valuable for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Some of the potential operations include monitoring intracranial pressure, assisting wound healing processes, identifying neural networks, and more.

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Recent Advances in Bioink Design for 3D Bioprinting

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Despite recent advances in tissue engineering, there remains a lack of tissues and organs for transplantation and a shortage of tissue models for drug discovery and testing. Some of the hindrances involve conventional techniques, such as porogen-leaching, injection molding, and electrospinning due to the limited control over scaffold architecture, pore shape, composition, size, and distribution.

 

3D bioprinting overcomes these barriers by enabling fabrication of scaffolds, devices, and tissue models with a high complexity. Using computer-aided design, 3D printing facilitates construction of tissues from commonly used medical imaging like x-rays, MRI's, and CT scans.

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