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8.28.15 Engineering and Technology Magazine
Smart 3D printed micro-fish could improve detoxification
The magnetically-controlled micro-fish, the researchers said, offer several improvements compared to earlier swimming micro-robotic technology. "We have developed an entirely new method to engineer nature-inspired microscopic swimmers that have complex geometric structures and are smaller than the width of a human hair," said Wei Zhu, a nanoengineering Ph.D. student at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego and one of the authors of the invention
8.28.15 NYC Today
3D PRINTED MICRO-FISH COULD BE USED FOR DRUG DELIVERY: UC SAN DIEGO RESEARCHERS
Researchers at University of California, San Diego have used innovative nanotechnology, 3D printing and micro-robotic technology to develop nano-scale fish which could be used for drug delivery or detoxification. The research project could pave way for smart nano-robots which can find application in variety of industries and in medicine. The research team demonstrated that the micro-fish could remove toxins from water. Each microfish measures 120 microns long and 30 microns thick.
8.28.15 NY City News
Here's new 3D printing technology to print hundreds of microbots within seconds
New 3D printing technology called 'microscale continuous optical printing' is a technology researchers have newly developed to print hundreds of microbots within seconds. The width of these microbots is even smaller than the width of a single hair. The credit for the development of such a groundbreaking technology goes to nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego. The researchers are currently engaged in developing fish-shaped microrobots, dubbed as 'microfish'.
Fish for Toxins Using 3D Printed Microfish
Fish could soon be delivering drugs to our body. At least, the newly developed robotic microscopic fish could. Manufactured by 3D printing technology, these microfish robots can swim, detect, and eliminate toxins from their environment. The microfish were developed by a team of nanoengineers at UC San Diego. Smaller than the width of a human hair, these artificial microfish were so designed to perform complex tasks that traditional microrobots are incapable of meting out.
8.28.15 Business Standard
3D-printed 'microfish' to help deliver drugs soon
Using an innovative 3D printing technology, nanoengineers at UC San Diego have developed fish-shaped microrobots that can soon help deliver drugs efficiently to the targeted areas in the human body. Called microfish, these can swim around efficiently in liquids, are chemically powered by hydrogen peroxide and magnetically controlled. According to researchers, these custom-build synthetic microfish will inspire a new generation of "smart" microrobots with diverse capabilities.
8.28.15 Silicon Republic
Nanorobot microfish may one day be swimming in your blood
Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego, have utilised innovative 3D-printing technology to manufacture fish-shaped microrobots -- dubbed microfish -- that may one day be used in detoxification, targeted drug delivery, or even surgery.
8.28.15 Science World Report
3D-Printed Microfish Robots May Deliver Drugs in Your Blood
Imagine 3D-printed microscopic fish that can do more than swim. Scientists have used an innovative 3D-printing technology to manufacture multipurpose fish-shaped microrobots that swim around and are powered by hydrogen peroxide. The technique used to fabricate the microfish provides numerous improvements over other methods traditionally employed to create microrobots with various locomotion mechanisms, such as microjet engines, microdrillers and microrockets.
8.28.15 Nature World News
3-D Printing and Micro-Robots: Fish That Could Swim in Blood Stream
Nanoengineers used 3-D printing to make fish-shaped microrobots. These microfish swim efficiently in liquids, and each contains functional nanoparticles. For instance, platinum nanoparticles in the tails react with hydrogen peroxide in the surrounding liquid to propel the microfish forward, and magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles in the heads allow them to be steered with magnets. Scientists from UC San Diego, developed the 3-D printing technology used to make these microfish.
Why these researchers want to inject 3D printed 'microfish' into your body
Tiny "fish" could soon be swimming in your bloodstream. Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed 3D printing technology called "microscale continuous optical printing" that can print hundreds of microrobots within seconds, each one smaller than the width of a single hair. The researchers have been working with fish-shaped microrobots that they've dubbed "microfish," which they've found can swim around efficiently in liquids, according to a news release they post
Microscopic Robot Fish Could Shape The Future Of Medicine
The future of internal medicine could be in the hands of some microscopic robot fish. Yes, that would make a cool plot for Pixar's next animated feature, but it's real science, and it's happening now. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a method for 3-D printing microscopic fish that could be used in medical applications. How small are they? They're 120 micrometers in length and 30 micrometers in width. How small is that?
Microscopic 'fish' could clean toxins from your bloodstream
Scientists are forever keen to get tiny robots working inside our bodies, despite pop culture warning us against the idea. Researchers from UC San Diego have joined the fray with a new idea: "microfish" robots that could one day "swim" through your bloodstream and cleanse toxins. The team devised a 3D-printing method called "microscale continuous optical printing," that let them create hundreds of fish-shaped bots thinner than a hair in just a few seconds.
8.28.15 Global News
Engineers create 3D-printed microscopic fish that could one day be used to deliver medicine
Imagine one day being given an injection of microscopic fish that carry medicine to exactly the spot that needs treatment. Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego have made an amazing breakthrough in microscopic technology that could one day be used for just that. Nanotechnology is a branch of science that deals with the incredibly small. One nanometre is one billionth of a metre.
3D-printed microscopic fish could be forerunners to smart "microbots"
Tiny 3D-printed robotic fish smaller than the width of a human hair may one day deliver drugs to specific places in our bodies and sense and remove toxins, thanks to research at the University of California, San Diego. The so-called microfish are self-propelled, magnetically steered, and powered by hydrogen peroxide nanoparticles. And they might be just the first chip off the block for a future filled with "smart" microbots inspired by other biological organisms such as birds
3D-Printed Microfish May Soon Inject Themselves In Your Body
Not unlike those fortune-telling fish you used to get at joke shops a new form of 3D-printed microfish - fish, not fiche - can wiggle and jiggle and wriggle inside you, dropping off medicine and cleaning up toxins as they go. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have created nano-sized fish out of materials that can react to their environment, allowing them to "swim" in various liquids. They also contain nanoparticles that can be used to inject chemicals into cells and organs.
Robotic Microfish Can Sense and Remove Toxins From Their Environment
In the not-too-distant future, tiny robotic fish could be cruising around inside our our bodies, delivering drugs and cleaning up toxins. This week, engineers at the University of San Diego unveiled the first prototype: a chemically powered, magnetically controlled swimmer. It's called the "microfish," and true to its name, it looks quite a bit like its biological, macroscopic brethren. But that's where the similarities end. This fish was manufactured using a clever new 3D printing technique
8.28.15 IFL Science
Tiny 3D-Printed Microbots Could Be Used As A Drug Delivery System
A team of nanoengineers has created a minuscule 3D-printed robotic fish -- or microfish -- that they hope will one day be used as a drug delivery system in the body. The tiny microbots can propel themselves, be steered using magnets, and even neutralize toxins in a fluid if loaded with the correct nanoparticles. "We have developed an entirely new method to engineer nature-inspired microscopic swimmers that have complex geometric structures and are smaller than the width of a human hair,"
3D-printed 'microfish' swim in bloodstream to deliver drugs
New 3D-printed robots in the shape of small fish may one day be able to swim through bloodstreams, delivering drugs to the human body and removing toxins. The "microfish" were created by a team of researchers at the University of California San Diego, who claimed they can print hundreds of the tiny robots in seconds. According to the study, published in Advanced Materials, the robots measure just 120 microns long by 30 microns thick -- making them smaller than the width of a human hair.
8.28.15 Popular Science
3D Printed Fish Can Detect And Remove Toxins From Liquid
We all know that eating fish is good for your health, but what about fish shaped robots? In a study published this month in Advanced Materials, researchers from UC San Diego announced that they'd figured out a way to 3D print tiny microrobots in the shape of fish. The fish are just 120 microns long and 30 microns thick, much smaller than a human hair. Researchers can 3D print hundreds of the fish in seconds. The fish are printed with tiny particles of platinum in the tail
8.20.15 IEEE Spark
Smart Vehicles: meet Mohan Trivedi
IEEE Spark profiles electrical engineering professor Mohan Trividi at UC San Diego. He is the founding director of the Laboratory for Intelligent and Safe Automobiles (LISA) and the Computer Vision and Robotics Research (CVRR) Laboratory at UC San Diego. Professor Trivedi's efforts have influenced development of novel intelligent systems for applications in robotics, intelligent transportation, active safety of vehicles, homeland security, and assistive technologies. Related Jacobs School Link »
8.13.15 the San Diego Union Tribune
Life's core functions identified
What is needed to sustain life? A study led by bioengineers at the University of California, San Diego has given an answer to that question, at the microbial level. Writing in PNAS, researchers have defined the minimum set of genes and functions necessary for microbial life. The study was led by Bernhard Palsson, the Galetti Professor of Bioengineering at UC San Diego and corresponding author on the paper. Numerical and statistical experts from Stanford University also took part in the study.