November 10, 2014
Mariangel Berroterán Estrada, Materials Engineer and student of the Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Simón Bolivar University (USB), has developed, under the supervision of professors María Virginia Candal and Orlando Pelliccioni, implants as a solution to the congenital deformity called microtia, from additive manufacturing techniques.
Microtia is a deformity of the outer ear, which occurs in approximately one out of every 9 thousand births, it can occur in one or both ears, and can occur in four degrees: appearance of a slightly small ear, presence of a partial ear, absence of the outer ear with a small trace peanut structure and total absence of the ear.
Berroterán pointed out that “the objective of the project is to work on prototypes for the reconstruction of the ear (implants), which can be used for tissue engineering and propose an alternative for the reconstruction of the ear, through the application of 3D printing technology. and biocompatible materials ”. For this work, the engineer had to use a 3D printing equipment for biocompatible materials, which the University does not have, so she had to travel to Spain where they provided her with the high-tech device.
via At the USB they manufacture ear implants with 3D printing technology | Report21.com.
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