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Engineers Link Brains to Computers Using 3D Printed Implants


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A closeup look at the three-dimensionally printed neural implant

Engineers have developed a prototype three-dimensionally printed implant that can be used to create brain-computer interfaces.

Credit: University of Sheffield

Engineers at the U.K.'s University of Sheffield, Russia's St. Petersburg State University, and Germany's Technical University of Dresden have developed a prototype three-dimensionally (3D)-printed implant that can be used to create brain-computer interfaces.

The method would allow a neuroscientist to order a design that engineers can convert into a computer model, which then is 3D-printed using a palette of biocompatible, mechanically soft materials.

Sheffield's Ivan Minev said, "Patients have different anatomies and the implant has to be adapted to this and their particular clinical need. Maybe in the future the implant will be printed directly in the operating theatre while the patient is being prepared for surgery.”

From University of Sheffield (U.K.)
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