Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM
- Replica of human stapedes made from biocompatible stainless steel, manufactured by metal injection moulding
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Biomaterials have become more and more important in a variety of technical applications in recent years. Biological interactions between materials and their environment are increasingly under consideration in many domains – from medical engineering to environmental technology, from micro technology and sensors to power engineering.
Additionally, as a result of the manifold challenges of the 21st century, the demand will continue to grow for innovative materials, processes and technical systems that accommodate particular biological functional mechanisms. In this context, Fraunhofer IFAM regards the biomaterials as technical materials that interact with biological systems, be they human tissue, water or even air.