Heat Activated Shape Memory Anchoring Device


Available for Licensing

IP Status

US Utility Patent Pending


Steven J Simske
Adam Morrone

Figure 1 (Left): Diagram of anchor deployment when the device is heated. (a) shows the device when internal temperature is below Af, and (b) shows the device when internal temperature is above Af

At A Glance

Researchers at Colorado State University have developed a device that, upon heating, deploys anchors in all directions.  This outwards force is used to permanently lock the device into a larger cavity to selectively control placement of the device.  The mechanism for the expansion of these shape memory anchors is an internal stress associated with a crystallographic transition.

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Mandana Ashouri

Reference No.:  2020-025

  • Medical devices (e.g. orthodontics and orthopedics)
  • Pipelines
  • Connectors
  • Control pivoting

Last updated: February 2020

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