3D print TPU mesh for flexible medical supports
- Sep 11, 2019-
The design of the wavy-patterned flexible meshes was inspired by the pliable nature of fabrics, and the natural structural protein collagen, which resembles curvy, intertwined strands under the microscope. These were printed using thermoplastic polyurethane. The taller the waves, the more the mesh can be stretched at low strain before becoming more stiff.
The intricate structures in each mesh can be tailored to make tough, stretchy fabric-like material for personalized, wearable supports. They might even be applicable to implantable devices such as hernia meshes.