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    Fraunhofer researchers develop non-slip tracheal implants(10/07/2012)

    If a personā€˜s windpipe is constricted, an operation in which the surgeon inserts a stent to enlarge the trachea is often the only way to relieve their respiratory distress. The metal or plastic stents are designed to enlarge the trachea and prevent it from closing up altogether. But this grid-like implant can slip out of position. Now, researchers are working on a special surface coating for the stents to keep them in place.

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    Blood vessels straight from your 3D printer(16/09/2011)

    Fraunhofer researchersare applying new techniques and materials to come up with artificial blood vessels in their BioRap project that will be able to supply artificial tissue and possibly even complex organs in future. Scientists at Fraunhofer are working on a technology to generate tiny biomaterial structures by combining two different techniques: 3D printing technology already established as a rapid prototyping technique, and a polymer science development called multiphoton polymerization.