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Silver News: Bionic Eye Breakthrough and Other Technological Innovations

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A functioning bionic eye is closer to reality thanks to silver.The Silver Institute highlighted this amazing medical breakthrough along with other technological innovations utilizing the white metal in the latest edition of . The challenge of making a functioning prosthetic eye has always been to layer light-sensitive materials onto an orb without the distortion inherent in placing two-dimensional objects — even thin ones like wires — onto a rounded surface. Using a custom-made 3D printer, the research team at the University of Minnesota took a base ink of silver particles and sprayed it on the glass surface. Instead of running down the curved surface like other materials, the silver ink stayed where it was applied and did not drip. They then used semiconducting polymer materials to

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Silver News: Bionic Eye Breakthrough and Other Technological Innovations

A functioning bionic eye is closer to reality thanks to silver.

The Silver Institute highlighted this amazing medical breakthrough along with other technological innovations utilizing the white metal in the latest edition of

The challenge of making a functioning prosthetic eye has always been to layer light-sensitive materials onto an orb without the distortion inherent in placing two-dimensional objects — even thin ones like wires — onto a rounded surface. Using a custom-made 3D printer, the research team at the University of Minnesota took a base ink of silver particles and sprayed it on the glass surface. Instead of running down the curved surface like other materials, the silver ink stayed where it was applied and did not drip. They then used semiconducting polymer materials to print photodiodes, devices that convert light into electricity. Researchers say they hope to refine the process to make the conversion of light to electricity more efficient and eventually produce a fully functioning bionic eye.

The latest issue of also features some other fascinating technological developments using silver and other interesting news related to the white metal.



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