A number of devices that can function underwater have been created to cater to a wide range of requirements during underwater operations, medical tests, and other similar tasks. Along similar lines, the researchers at Rutgers University-New Brunswick have designed a 3-D printed smart gel that can clasp onto underwater objects to move them around. The new device could function like an octopus inside water that can hit other objects without damaging or breaking them. The device may come in handy for a number of operations including detection of diseases, deliverance of drugs, creation of artificial heart, and underwater inspection. Soft devices such as the 3D-printed smart gel are easier to operate as against complex hard devices. The former can be made into miniaturizes and their nimbleness offers added advantages during several tasks.
Uses of 3D-Printed Smart Gel
The engineers believe that the 3D printed gel manufactured by them can be used for biomedical engineering because the gel’s properties are similar to that of the human tissue; the human tissue also contains high water content and has a soft structure. Furthermore, the gel can be substitute a range of underwater devices that replicate the actions of the aquatic creatures. The 3D printed hydrogels can be activated by electricity after which they can change shapes according to the needs of the surrounding.
Relevance of New Technology
The 3D printed smart gel shows how 3D technology can be effectively used to deploy printed gels for a variety of operations. It would be interesting to see how this new technology takes shape for the medical and other fields.