Mechanical Innovations

mechanical innovations
Rapid, On-Site Manufacturing of CAR T-Cells (RFT-538)

Scientists at NDSU have developed a device for improved CAR T cell production, which speeds the turnaround time by enabling CAR T cell production ‘on-site’ at a hospital or cancer clinic. The NDSU device is small and disposable. The device expands a patient’s T cells, and is then used to transfect them. Further, the cells are transfected with CAR-producing mRNA, for transient production of CAR for about 2 to 3 weeks.

Reversible On-Off Adhesion of Rigid Items Acheived by Adjusting Backing Stiffness (RFT-460)

Scientists at North Dakota State University are developing a technology that brings the repeatable adhesion of sticky notes to rigid items such as plastics, glass, metal, wood, particle board, composites, and even highly pliable materials that you don't want to bend, such as paper or woven materials.This reversible adhesion is accomplished simply by adjusting the degree of rigidity adding stiffness leads to adhesion, while reduced stiffness leads to release.  

Biodegradable Soil Sensors that can be "Planted" with a Seed Mixture (RFT-428)

Scientists working at NDSU are developing biodegradable sensors capable of directly monitoring and reporting the soil environment in which they are placed. The sensors are constructed by using NDSU’s patent-pending “direct write” electronic printing techniques to print circuit and antenna patterns directly onto renewable, bio-based materials. The circuit patterns are printed with trace amounts of metallic materials such as aluminum that are safe for the soil when the sensors naturally biodegrade over time.

Contactless Laser-Assisted Placement of Discrete Electronic Components (RFT-370)

Scientists working at North Dakota State University (NDSU) have discovered a method for the contactless laser-assisted assembly of discrete components such as ultra-thin, ultra-small semiconductor dies and MEMS components onto rigid and flexible substrates.