Engineering & Product Development: Liquid Helium Sled and 3-D Tissue
Part of the beauty of engineering is in the possibilities of discovery. Every day there are new discoveries, technology is upgraded, and new potential is discovered. In the last two months, there are achievements in both mechanical and biomedical disciplines of engineering.
Liquid Helium Sled April 21, 2016
The United States Air Force broke the land speed record using a magnetically levitating rocket sled. The sled clocked in at an amazing speed of 633 miles per hour. This speed broke the previous record, also held by the Air Force, at 513 miles per hour. Before that, the record had not been broken since 2013 at 510 mph. The sled uses super-cooled helium to levitate the sled with an array of amazingly powerful superconducting magnets. We can expect more broken records as work continues on developing stronger rockets, and more powerful magnets.
3-D Tissue Regeneration March 8, 2016
Recently, the Harvard Gazette published interesting information on 3-D tissue development used for regeneration. The implications of this technology include use for helping anyone wounded, from a soldier to someone involved in an automobile accident. The technology targets vascular tissue, a critical system responsible for sustaining living tissue. The 3-D printer can make the silicon into any shape in order to account for every injury situation. The silicon, layered in a crossing pattern, creating channels that can house stem cells and vascular layers. This technology goes to the core of biomedical engineering. Every step forward is another step in ultimate development.
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