TU Delft's 3D Printed Metamaterial Hip puts a Spring in the Step

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Period15 Jan 2018

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  • TitleTU Delft's 3D Printed Metamaterial Hip puts a Spring in the Step
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outlet3D Printing Industry
    Media typeWeb
    DescriptionMetamaterials are materials engineered with properties that allow them to behave outside, or “beyond”, their nature. They come in many different forms with varying capabilities, including electric and sonic manipulation, or the way they deform under pressure, i.e. auxetic metamaterials.

    At Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), a team led by Professor Amir Zadpoor has applied the concept of auxteic metamateials to create a 3D printed titanium hip implant. The “beyond nature” behaviour of the implant means that patients wearing it could experience a better fit in the lifetime of the hip replacement with less wear and tear to the bone.
    Producer/AuthorBeau Jackson
    PersonsEline Kolken, Shahram Janbaz, M.A. Leeflang, Karel Lietaert, H.H. Weinans, A.A. Zadpoor