Clement Klienstreuer, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at North Carolina State University, is using computer simulation and fluid dynamics for designing experimental blood vessels, arteries, and bypass grafts. With funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, he is heading up a team of vascular surgeons and engineers aiming to design a better arteriovenous access graft. The grafts serve as portals through which blood passes for kidney dialysis and other procedures. Conventional designs are Teflon-based and prone to frequent failure. One of the keys to the new graft is a graft hood, which complicates its design, but improves blood flow. For a copy of the paper describing the new graft geometry, contact Linda E. Rudd, North Carolina State University Engineering Publications at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (919) 515-3848.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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