A 3D-printed silicone heart ©stockbksts/123RF
A 3D-printed silicone heart ©stockbksts/123RF

World of innovation... From microchip implants to silicone hearts

1 September 2017

Supply Management takes a look around the globe to highlight where supply chains are making a difference


A silicone heart that beats almost like a human heart has been developed by researchers from the Functional Materials Laboratory. It was created using a 3D printing, lost-wax casting technique.


Workers at businesses in startup hub Epicenter can now be implanted with microchips the size of grains of rice to open doors, operate printers and buy food and drink with the wave of a hand. The implant uses Near Field Communication technology, the same as in contactless credit cards or mobile payments.

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