Revolutionary 3D Printing Systems of Designable Gels to Develop Novel Applications and MarketsRealization of artificial blood vessel and artificial joint close to living body by developing world's first 3D gel printing system
- Research institute
- Yamagata University, JSR Corporation, SUNARROW LIMITED, D-lightmatter
Originally, living soft tissue is made of water-containing "gel", but the existing implants such as artificial blood vessel and artificial joint (biological substitute) does not have lubricity, substance permeability etc.(Hard & Dry), in addition, regular replacement is required from such characteristics(Figure 1).
Therefore, in this theme, we are aiming to manufacture Soft & Wet implants such as gel blood vessels, gel cartilage, etc. by enabling free design and modeling by world's first 3D gel printer technology(Figure 2).
New Manufacturing with High Strength Gel and Gel 3D Printer [Japanese]
Developed "3D printing system technology" by "designable gel", which is an innovative gel material with free molecular structure and free shape and free function,
- By FY 2016, 3D gel printing system (spread type) with accuracy of 500μm,
- By FY 2019, 3D gel printing system (special use type) with accuracy of 50μm,
will be completed, and we are aiming to contribute to the advancement of new fields (medical, robot, etc.) and to create new markets in this field by providing these device sales and utilization services (starting test use from FY 2015).
- Super upstream design
Design of equipment with manufacturing capability suitable for the application
Design of gel material according to application
- Innnovative manufacturing
Manufacture of high performance gels that can design properties suitable for practical use(Figure 3).
Development of processing equipment (including software) that embodies the designed shape and characteristics and is easy to use.
About the structure
Establishing analytical techniques that can be used as technology and a guarantee of quality.
- Assumed exit
Realize innovative value by social use of high performance gel.
- Utilization hub of tools and technologies
- Innovation style