Connecting the "Micro" and "Meso" Scales through Pop-Up Book Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMs)
Technical Report,11 Jun 2015,15 Jun 2018
Havard University Cambridge United States
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Our work in the A2P program has been focused on the development of new tools for minimally-invasive and microsurgery, along with advances in core technologies to enable those devices. Specifically, we have targeted endoscopic procedures such as endoscopic submucosal direction ESD and new methods for micro-and mesh-scale fabrication to support the development of these tools and associated components such as small-scale actuators. This work has resulted in 1 the creation of a new paradigm for multi-scale, multi-material fabrication that is based on laser micromachining and lamination of both soft and rigid lamina 2 the demonstration of several novel microsurgical devices, along with ex vivo and in vivo validation trials and 3 the creation of several novel types of high performance andor small-scale actuation, further enabling advances in small-scale or soft biomedical devices. Our efforts to merge popup devices with soft materials borrows the best aspects from both popup devices that rely on flexure hinges for articulation have high precision for repeatable motions while soft materials allow delicate interactions with biological tissue. Work in this program has resulted in 14 papers, including seven journal papers including one recently accepted and seven papers in top conferences.
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems