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Additively manufactured microhelix motors' bursting motion in mesoscopic tubes for declogging
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  • Yang Cao,
  • Hongyu Yi,
  • Kongyu Ge,
  • Limeng Zhan,
  • Yifan Gao,
  • Zhenchao Zhang,
  • huanhuan feng
Yang Cao
Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen
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Hongyu Yi
Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen
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Kongyu Ge
Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen
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Limeng Zhan
Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen
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Yifan Gao
Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen
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Zhenchao Zhang
Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen
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huanhuan feng
Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen

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Abstract

Magnetic microhelix motors have been widely used in many fields such as cargo transportation, drug delivery, toxic substance declogging and cell manipulation due to their unique adaptive magnetic manipulation. In this work, we have additively manufactured microhelices with different circles, sizes and angles (circles 2-4, size 100 μm-250 μm and angle 174°-180°) and systematically investigated their motion performance under magnetic field, especially their motion bursting in mesoscopic tubes. We found that their speed increase from 0.04 mm/s to 0.08 mm/s when their circle numbers decrease from 4 to 3. Their speed continue increasing from 0.08 mm/s to 0.09 mm/s, while their circle diameter increase from 100 μm to 250 μm. Their speed will continue increase significantly from 0.08 mm/s to 0.11 mm/s when their taper angle decrease from 180° to 172°. The magnetic microhelix motors’ speed continued increase significantly from 0.11 mm/s to 0.17 mm/s, when they are in mesoscopic tubes while the tubes diameter reduced from 0.6 mm to 0.3 mm. In summary, our microhelix motors’ speed can be bursted from 0.04 mm/s to 0.17 mm/s via internal microstructure variation and external mesoscopic circumstance. We have successfully conducted vessel declogging experiments within mesoscopic tubes, and our microhelix motors are capable of declogging clot out of mesoscopic tubes. We believe that it is very promising for vessel declogging in vitro and hold great potential for declogging thrombus in vivo.