Biomedical Microdevices

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Simulative design in macroscale for prospective application to micro-catheters

  • Cheol Woo Ha


In this paper, a motion-transforming element is applied to the development of a new catheter device. The motion-transforming element structure allows a reduction of linear movement and converts linear movement to rotational movement. The simulative design of micro-catheters is based on a proposed structure called the Operating Mini Station (OMS). OMS is operated by movement of a motion-transforming element. A new motion-transforming element is designed using multiple links that are connected by hinged joints based on an elastic design. The design of the links and the hinges are optimized for precise and reliable movement of the motion-transforming element. Because of the elastic design, it is possible to realize a catheter that allows various movements in small spaces like capillaries.


Motion-transforming element Elastic design Simulative micro catheter Wire actuation High motion accuracy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringKorea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST)DaejeonSouth Korea

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