Brad Hanks presented his research as part of the compliant mechanisms symposium at the 2017 ASME IDETC.
EDOG Phd Candidate Brad Hanks won the 3rd Annual Millennium Café Pitch Competition with his pitch, “Creating Personalized Surgical Tools with Metal 3D Printing.”
Brad: We are using optimization tools to generate customized surgical tools. Our primary focus is pancreatic cancer because is a need for improvement in minimally invasive treatment options. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is an option used to treat tumors but in this treatment, the shape of the tool affects the size and shape of the tumors you can treat. Current endoscopic tools are limited in their ability to match the size and shape of various tumors. Using finite element analysis and evolutionary algorithms, we can optimize the shape of the tool to match the shape of the tumor for a specific patient. Then using metal 3D printing, we can make these highly customized surgical tools. Essentially, we are using optimization to create surgical tools that are customized for a specific patient so that we can personalize the treatment and improve efficiency.
Dr. Timothy Simpson named director of Penn State’s new Master of Science and Master of Engineering in Additive Manufacturing programs. This multidisciplinary graduate-level program focuses on training students in the cutting edge field of additive manufacturing, otherwise known as 3D-Printing. Read more here.
Dr. Mary Frecker spoke at Capitol Hill in June 2016 about origami engineering.
PI Dr. Mary Frecker and the PSU origami engineering team are the subject of a new Science of Innovation video produced by NBC Learn. Watch the video here:
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EFRI-REM participants Kelly Forest, Sarah Dangelo, and Hannah Feldstein present their research at the 2015 Emerging Researchers National Conference in Washington DC. Hannah Feldstein was awarded first place in the EFRI-REM poster presentation competition.