Researchers Create Artificial Heart!
July 19, 2017
Researchers 3D print a soft artificial heart that works a lot like a real one.
A small team at ETH, led by doctoral student Nicholas Cohrs, has created what they say is the first artificial heart that’s entirely soft, with its pumping mechanism achieved by causing the silicone ventricles to pump just like a real heart. The heart was created using a 3D-printed method that lets the researchers make a complex inner structure while still using soft, flexible material as its structure.
This heart is a proof of concept, not built for actual implantation so the materials they made it from don’t last more than a few thousand beats. That’s about half an hour, depending on one’s heart rate. But the plan is to have materials and designs that work for much longer than that.