Orthopedic Method and Device that Measures Dynamic Contact Pressure and Area in Artificial Joint Implants

Biomedical, Biotechnology

This orthopedic method and device quantifies contact stress and contact area in total joint replacements. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons has reported that annual hip and knee joint replacements have risen to over 2 million procedures within the United States alone. These implants have a typical lifespan of 10 years before needing to be replaced due to the wearing…

Smart Orthopedic Screws for Imaging through Tissue


Clemson University researchers have developed “smart” orthopedic screws that incorporate x-ray excitable materials so detection through tissue is possible. This approach enables noninvasive monitoring and detection of implant strain so preventative measures can be taken to limit patient stress.

Computer-controlled embroidery design and stitching for Precision Control of Tensile Properties of woven textiles

Fiber and Films

Clemson University researchers have developed a computational fabrication system that allows for the customization of material properties of fabrics at a larger scale. By utilizing a novel path planning algorithm, the system creates a stitch design that, when added to the fabric, changes the stiffness of the material based on the design needs.
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