30 Aug '16, 5am

MIT researchers 3D print objects that remember their shape

MIT researchers 3D print objects that remember their shape

By using a 3D printing process called microstereolithography and a unique polymer mix which responds to thermal cues, the team has produced teeny structures that can be manipulated by changing the temperature. The polymer material used either hardens or softens when heated or cooled to certain temperatures, a reaction that could potentially be used in futuristic medical devices . Nicholas X. Fang, associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, told MIT News , “We ultimately want to use body temperature as a trigger.” For instance, the device could deliver flu medication only when in the presence of a warming fever.

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