A manmade material similar to bone was recently announced the winner of Samart Innovation Awards 2012.
A team of engineering students from King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), took top honours for their use of shape-memory alloy to make medical devices. The students found that the shape-memory alloy has qualities more similar to bone than other materials, and the team studied the biological compatibility and are confident it's safe for dental braces.
Shape-memory alloy can transform with heat through a wide temperature range, from -100C to 1,000C.
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