Medical plastic could deploy into preset shapes in body

05/23/2013 |

Devices that could be folded and implanted in a body and then deploy into a preset shape may be possible with a compound of commonly used medical plastics. Researchers in China and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison used "amorphous polylactic acid melt blended with thermoplastic polyurethane" at weight ratios of 20%, 30% and 40%, according to this article. The resulting shape-memory polymer was "injection molded and hot compressed into permanent shapes."

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