Researchers have determined a way to mass produce tiny, cell-sized robots that can travel the body to monitor health.
Developed by a team from the MIT, the robots are an evolution of their earlier tiny robots, which monitor their surroundings while suspended in a liquid. Because these bots were created by hand, the team developed a mass production method called autoperforation that drastically speeds up the process.
During the autoperforation process, the electronics are encased in a polymer material that is deposited in small dots on a graphene sheet by a micro-array printer. Another layer of graphene is then placed on top, where it settles over the dots. The layered material is then stressed to fracture, causing it to break at the strain points surrounding each dot and leave the electronics of the syncells safely encased inside.