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CSIRO develops silicone resins appropriate for 3D printing medical components

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The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Analysis Organisation (CSIRO) has developed silicone resins appropriate for 3D printing medical components.

The resins, in accordance with CSIRO, are non-cytotoxic, extremely clear, function tunable mechanical properties, and able to printing advanced designs in excessive decision, together with irregular shapes, skinny partitions, and hole buildings.

The motivation for growing the brand new know-how, CSIRO polymer chemist Dr Ke Du mentioned, was to assist overcome challenges that exist when present silicon resins are used for 3D printing. These embody low decision, gradual pace, and the necessity to use specialised printers, which may be expensive.

“Our distinctive biocompatible resins boast a set of fantastic attributes,” she mentioned. “What’s extra, they can be utilized with off-the-shelf printers, with out the necessity for modification.”

The silicone resins can be utilized with a digital mild processing (DLP) 3D printer with a lightweight wavelength vary of 360-500 nanometres, in addition to a standard commercially accessible desktop DLP 3D printers, CSIRO mentioned.  

The analysis workforce added the know-how can be more likely to work in stereolithography 3D printers and in different photocurable 3D printers, akin to inkjet and extrusion.

CSIRO’s biomedical polymer chemistry group workforce chief Dr Tim Hughes mentioned the resins have the potential for use in 3D printed medical gadgets akin to dental gadgets, listening to aids, cochlear implants and prosthetics.

“We consider the resins might even assist quick observe prototyping a few of these biomedical gadgets,” he mentioned.

The analysis workforce additionally found a novel function of the resin is its superglue properties, which might simply affix glass and steel. 

The workforce is now looking for industrial companions to assist commercialise the patented product.

On Wednesday, CSIRO and Optus additionally launched findings from analysis that checked out methods how bushfire resiliency of telecommunications infrastructure may be improved.

Particularly, the analysis used data on topography, gasoline load vegetation sort, and native bushfire climate severity to develop maps to evaluate the place there’s threat of harm to the community and the place upgrades may scale back vulnerability to future bushfire occasions. A few of the menace elements that have been thought-about included embers, radiation, and flame on and round Optus’ websites with telecommunications gear. 

“Optus constantly goals to enhance our community’s resilience as we all know communities rely closely on our companies, particularly throughout pure disasters and excessive climate occasions,” Optus managing director of networks Lambo Kanagaratnam mentioned.

“Our collaboration with CSIRO has supplied us with the evaluation to permit us to focus on the most effective methods to guard the community the place it could possibly be most weak.”

Off the again of the examine, Optus has used the findings to implement the advisable mitigations at two of its websites in Victoria — Seville East and Dixons Creek — that shall be utilized by the corporate to construct a longer-term bushfire resiliency program, which can even embody in-house coaching to enhance workers’ consciousness of bushfire threats and put together for them. 

“CSIRO has supplied Optus with science and technology-based options that deal with a significant menace dealing with all industries which depend on essential infrastructure: bushfires,” CSIRO bushfire adaption analysis chief Justin Leonard mentioned.

“The analysis can inform resiliency selections throughout plenty of industries, together with telecommunications, power, and emergency companies.”

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