16 April 2016 Development of gel materials with high transparency and mechanical strength for use with a 3D gel printer SWIM-ER
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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.
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Taishi Tase, Taishi Tase, Koji Okada, Koji Okada, Kyuichiro Takamatsu, Kyuichiro Takamatsu, Azusa Saito, Azusa Saito, Masaru Kawakami, Masaru Kawakami, Hidemitsu Furukawa, Hidemitsu Furukawa, } "Development of gel materials with high transparency and mechanical strength for use with a 3D gel printer SWIM-ER", Proc. SPIE 9802, Nanosensors, Biosensors, and Info-Tech Sensors and Systems 2016, 98020J (16 April 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2218054; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2218054


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