Research for our health
We are investigating key aspects of utilizing specific manufacturing technologies and active materials for components and systems of medical engineering. Thus, solutions for problems from daily clinical practice are developed in cooperation with physicians and manufacturers of medical products.
A central research topic lies in the functional integration of implants by using additive manufacturing technologies. We are using the additive manufacturing process of laser melting for producing implants of biocompatible metal materials (titanium, cobalt-chromium, stainless steel) with almost arbitrarily complex geometries. By integrating sensors and actuators, the implants can stay in the body for a longer period of time, even up to lifelong use. Implant modules with optimized topology are lighter and increase patient comfort.
Using shape memory materials, we realize flexible instruments for surgical and minimally invasive procedures. These instruments can change their shape and do not need additional joints. We develop specific assistance systems and treatment concepts, actively contributing to improving patient comfort and to augment therapeutic success.