Electron microscopy, or E-Y, is a type of imaging that uses light to reveal information about objects and their properties, and 3D printing technology has made it possible to print a variety of components.
However, printing a gelcoat is not an easy task and some components require more than one layer of printing, which has led to the need for a more durable coating.
This new gelcoat technology from electron microscopists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has a much simpler, cheaper, and easier way to create a gel coat that has a lot more surface area than previous gelcoat-making methods.
This new gel coat has a large surface area and a large number of layers of printing.
The MIT team has now demonstrated a gel coating that is less expensive than previously available gelcoats, and can be produced in a few hours, compared to the months it took before the previous gelcoat could be produced.
Gelcoats have long been used to treat burns, cuts, and other surgical injuries.
However they are also very difficult to make.
“Gelcoat manufacturing has been an area that has been slow-paced, as it required a lot of specialized equipment, materials, and specialized techniques,” said MIT professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, Dr. William D. Wahlberg, in a statement.
“Now we have a new approach that makes it much easier to produce a gelcoated device.
This is a great step in making gelcoating a viable medical device option, especially given the number of medical applications it will support.”
The team was able to create the gel coat in three days, and the next step is to make it more durable.
The researchers plan to print larger and larger gelcoates, which they hope to use for prosthetics and surgical equipment.
The MIT team is currently testing the gelcoat on a single layer of skin for three weeks.
In addition to being durable and lightweight, the gelcoate also has an anti-inflammatory effect.
It can protect the skin and make it less likely to become inflamed by infections and irritants.
It also provides the ability to quickly make a gel-based material, which is a big advantage when it comes to biomedical applications.
Scientists at MIT are also working on other uses for the gel coating, such as making prosthetics that can help treat cancer.
Source: MIT Newsroom