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Researchers 3D print prototype for 'bionic eye' ( Videos)

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Health Desk--2 Sep’18: A team of researchers has edged one step closer to developing a "bionic eye" that could one day help cure blindness.

The breakthrough by researchers at the University of Minnesota comes in the form of a prototype that was created by fully 3D printing an array of light receptors on a hemispherical surface.

"Bionic eyes are usually thought of as science fiction, but now we are closer than ever using a multi-material 3D printer," said Michael McAlpine, co-author of the research study and University of Minnesota Benjamin Mayhugh Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

The prototype was started with a hemispherical glass dome, which researchers used to show how they could overcome the challenge of printing electronics on a curved surface.