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Development of gel materials with high transparency and mechanical strength for use with a 3D gel printer SWIM-ER
Author(s): Taishi Tase; Koji Okada; Kyuichiro Takamatsu; Azusa Saito; Masaru Kawakami; Hidemitsu Furukawa
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Paper Abstract

Medical doctors use artificial blood vessels and organ models, which are usually made of plastic, to explain operations to students, or patients awaiting treatment. However, there are some problems such as the high cost of making the model and there is not a realistic feel because the model is hard. These problems can be solved using soft and wet material for instance gel. Gels are materials with unique properties such as transparency, biocompatibility, and low friction. In recent years, high strength gel has been developed and is expected to be applied in medical fields in the future. Artificial models of gel can be produced by 3D gel printers. Our group has been developing a 3D gel printer with 1mm precision in printing, but the shape, size and mechanical strength are not sufficient for medical models. In this study, we overcome these problems and make a gel model which is transparent, mechanically strong with a fine shape. The strength and molding accuracy is improved by changing and preparing the cross linker and ultraviolet absorber. We conducted mechanical and molding tests to confirm that the gel material properties improved.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 April 2016
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9802, Nanosensors, Biosensors, and Info-Tech Sensors and Systems 2016, 98020J (16 April 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2218054
Show Author Affiliations
Taishi Tase, Yamagata Univ. (Japan)
Koji Okada, Yamagata Univ. (Japan)
Kyuichiro Takamatsu, Yamagata Univ. (Japan)
Azusa Saito, Yamagata Univ. (Japan)
Masaru Kawakami, Yamagata Univ. (Japan)
Hidemitsu Furukawa, Yamagata Univ. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9802:
Nanosensors, Biosensors, and Info-Tech Sensors and Systems 2016
Vijay K. Varadan, Editor(s)

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