The researchers now plan to manufacture functional devices constructed nearly entirely out of the polymer.
"If the printing processes really do allow for mass production of polymer devices, then we will be looking at the possibility of devices so cheap that they can even be disposable," Engel said.
"I think that printing processes are the technology of the future," Engel added. "It will take a bit more tweaking, but I do believe that one day it will be possible to mass-produce sophisticated sensors and actuators made of organic materials using printing."
The researchers cautioned they have not yet implanted devices based on this technology in humans, "although our technology might enable this," Engel said.
The scientists will present their findings Sept. 19 at the International Conference on Micro and Nano Engineering in London.
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