Apr 27, 2018 | By David

Engineers based at Temple University have made use of 3D printing technology to develop a unique concept for a new surgical needle. Taking inspiration from the natural world, they decided to explore the needle-like protrusions of stinging insects like mosquitos and wasps, before finally settling on the stinger of a honeybee as the basis for the new design. The project was carried out by Temple’s associate professor of Mechanical Engineering Parsaoran Hutapea, and PhD candidate Mohammad Sahlabadi.