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Conventional biomedical device manufacturing methods have several shortcomings and are limited in what they can create by geometrical, material, and mechanical barriers. But at the University of Utah College of Engineering, these barriers are being broken down by a new approach to the manufacturing of biomedical devices: multi-scale, multi-material, 3D-printing. Unlike conventional methods, this approach is allowing for the creation of biomedical devices that can be ingested rather than surgically implanted, significantly decreasing the level of invasiveness, and also avoiding the threat of negative immune responses.

Dr. Yong Lin Kong is leading this research, and on today’s episode, he details the ins and outs of the science behind this method, the challenges that must be overcome, the potential it holds, and what’s on the horizon.

Press play to hear the full conversation, and contact him directly via yong.kong@utah.edu.

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