Heart pump from a 3D printer

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Heart pump from a 3D printer
According to ETH doctoral student Kai von Petersdorff-Campen,“ My goal was not to make a good heart pump, but to demonstrate the principle of how it can be produced in a single step.
Conventional manufacturing methods are the bottleneck in the development of ventricular assist devices (VADs). The shift to agile, fast and test-driven development practices renders the use of additive manufacturing techniques necessary. A critical component of heart pumps are magnets, e.g. in the driving and bearing system of the impellers in turbodynamic VADs. We have developed a method to 3D print magnets directly into parts by fused deposition modeling. Using that method we printed and tested a functional pump with 10 integrated components”.




2 thoughts on “Heart pump from a 3D printer

    babl responded:
    FriAmerica/Los_Angeles2018-11-02T11:48:51+00:00 14, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Interesting question. We will figure it out altogether while learning new 3D Printing things everyday 🙂

    ajeanneinthekitchen said:
    FriAmerica/Los_Angeles2018-11-02T09:32:12+00:00 14, 2014 at 9:32 am

    WOW!!!! is there anything a 3-D printer cannot do? This is so amazing.

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