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Dr Varun Tyagi is a medical doctor who practices in India and writes about remarkable and historical landmarks throughout the medical world.  Dr Varun believes that 3D printing can help democratize medical care, making medical devices affordable and available to everyone on the planet.

Snake Robot For Intraluminal Surgeries Gets Successfully 3D Printed

A group of researchers describe how they designed a novel multi-tool snake-like robot, called the i2 Snake (Intuitive Imaging Sensing Navigated and Kinematically Enhanced robot) for minimally invasive intraluminal surgery. They used a rolling-joint design, a bio-inspired mechanism that consists of two circular surfaces rolling against each other, however, standard rolling joints could slip, resulting in control inaccuracies or a dislocated joint. The researchers used an Mlab 3D printer from Concept Laser to manufacture a prototype of the optimized rolling joint which was then characterized in terms of precision and manipulation forces.

Source: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Pierre_Berthet-Rayne/publication/327367204_Rolling-Joint_Design_Optimization_for_Tendon_Driven_Snake-like_Surgical_Robots/links/5b8a82a292851c1e124026cf/Rolling-Joint-Design-Optimization-for-Tendon-Driven-Snake-like-Surgical-Robots.pdf