Medical applications of a novel 3D weaving technique
The emerging field of smart textiles can contribute new solutions to a wide range of healthcare problems. Regardless the application, the “smart” fiber, yarn, or fabric needs to be integrated in a textile product. MedTech West takes part in the development of a new weaving technique which can combine different “smart” textile characteristics in three dimensional structures.
The opportunity to use different materials and weave them into three-dimensional structures allows us to manufacture textile products characterized not only by the qualities contributed by each fiber or yarn, but also by the way they are weaved together in a three dimensional structure. This way, key aspects in medicine such as cooling, heating, venting, draining or moisture keeping can be enhanced by a certain textile structure. Our first application is to weave bands of textile electrodes for recordings of electrophysiological signals that will not only be easier to use, especially in multi-channel recordings, but also will be more comfortable to wear in long-term recordings of ECG, EEG, or EMG.
MedTech West partner
Dr. Leif Sandsjö, School of Engineering, University of Borås.
Technical research partners
Prof. Håkan Torstensson, Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås.
Prof. MariAnne Karlsson, Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås.
Siw Eriksson, PhD student, Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås.
Li Guo, PhD Student, Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås.
Prof. Mikael Elam, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital.
Ass. Prof. Magnus Thordstein, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital.
For more information on this project, contact Henrik Mindedal at email@example.com