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Materials 2018, 11(1), 19; doi:10.3390/ma11010019

Additively Manufactured Pneumatically Driven Skin Electrodes

Electronics Packaging Laboratory, Technische Universität Dresden, 01069 Dresden, Germany
Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Technische Universität Dresden, 01307 Dresden, Germany
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Received: 8 November 2017 / Revised: 4 December 2017 / Accepted: 15 December 2017 / Published: 23 December 2017
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Telemedicine focuses on improving the quality of health care, particularly in out-of-hospital settings. One of the most important applications is the continuous remote monitoring of vital parameters. Long-term monitoring of biopotentials requires skin-electrodes. State-of-the-art electrodes such as Ag/AgCl wet electrodes lead, especially during long-term application, to complications, e.g., skin irritations. This paper presents a low-cost, on-demand electrode approach for future long-term applications. The fully printed module comprises a polymeric substrate with electrodes on a flexible membrane, which establishes skin contact only for short time in case of measurement. The membranes that produce airtight seals for pressure chambers can be pneumatically dilated and pressed onto the skin to ensure good contact, and subsequently retracted. The dilatation depends on the pressure and membrane thickness, which has been tested up to 150 kPa. The electrodes were fabricated in screen and inkjet printing technology, and compared during exemplary electrodermal activity measurement (EDA). The results show less amplitude compared to conventional EDA electrodes but similar behavior. Because of the manufacturing process the module enables high individuality for future applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: additive processing; 3D printing; on demand skin electrode; expandable electrode; electro dermal activity additive processing; 3D printing; on demand skin electrode; expandable electrode; electro dermal activity

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Schubert, M.; Schmidt, M.; Wolter, P.; Malberg, H.; Zaunseder, S.; Bock, K. Additively Manufactured Pneumatically Driven Skin Electrodes. Materials 2018, 11, 19.

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