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Design and Characterization of a Resistively Heated Shape Memory Polymer Micro-Release Device1

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Landon D. Nash, Mark A. Wierzbicki

Department of Biomedical Engineering,
Texas A&M University,
5045 Emerging Technologies,
Building 3120 TAMU,
College Station, TX 77843

Duncan J. Maitland

Department of Biomedical Engineering,
Texas A&M University,
5045 Emerging Technologies,
Building 3120 TAMU,
College Station, TX 77843

Accepted and presented at the Design of Medical Devices Conference (DMD2014), Minneapolis, MN, April 7–10, 2014.

Manuscript received February 21, 2014; final manuscript received February 28, 2014; published online April 28, 2014. Editor: Arthur G. Erdman.

J. Med. Devices 8(2), 020911 (Apr 28, 2014) (2 pages) Paper No: MED-14-1040; doi: 10.1115/1.4027011 History: Received February 21, 2014; Revised February 28, 2014

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Grahic Jump Location
Fig. 2

Top: sequenced images depicting device actuation. Asterisks identify the expanded portion of the SMP tube. Bottom: temperature at each stage of release.

Grahic Jump Location
Fig. 1

(a) The implant side of the release mechanism. (b) The programmed SMP tube is placed over the heating coil of the release mechanism. (c) The final junction between the implant and heating coil after crimping the SMP tube. (d) The proximal end of the device.



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