PhD student Nicholas Cohrs and Professor of Functional Materials Engineering Wendelin Stark are behind this innovation.
The Product Development Group at ETH Zurich helped to evaluate the heart. 3D Printing , especially lost-wax casting technique was used to create the intricate molds of the artificial heart.
For Cohrs, the silicone organ is “monoblock with complex inner structure”; it weighs 390 grams with a volume of 679 cm3 . Furthermore, the silicone organ could only last about 3,000 beats which corresponds to a lifespan of less than an hour.
“This was simply a feasibility test. Our goal was not to present a heart ready for implantation, but to think about a new direction for the development of artificial hearts.” In other terms, to discover a better solution for heart organs.
The silicone artificial heart’s project brings together 20 research groups from Zurich and Berlin. ETH Zurich’s researchers hope they will definitely provide a vital solution to this part of medicine.
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