Additive Biomanufacturing technologies for small implantable multi-material parts
Cochlear implants contain several medical grade materials including platinum, titanium, silicone, and ceramics and are difficult to manufacture. The implants contain small platinum parts less than 0.01 mm in length) with small feature sizes (20 µm). ABM may be able to both enhance the performance and reduce the cost of manufacturing. This project will advance the 3D printing technologies to enable the production of multi-material parts suitable for cochlear implants. Further, the ability of using ABM to reduce cost and increase functionality of components will be investigated.