Life Sciences

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.



Measurement system for hip implant surgery

The information about the leg length and the hip rotation center is an important quality criterion for hip implant surgery to reconstruct the original biomechanics.


Surgical shape memory alloy suction

During the surgery, the clinician has the possibility to bend the suction tube manually. Thus he can better reach the anatomical target area. Shape memory alloy is applied for the suction tube.


Implants with inner functional cavities

Implants (endoprostheses) can partially or completely replace injured parts of the body such as worn joints or defective bone material and remain permanently inside the human body. Today, endoprostheses are predominantly manufactured by cutting, forming or casting technologies.