Alex pointed me at this medical article the other day

amazing medical advancement, a protective patch that guides the way cells heal after shoulder surgery. It’s made from microfibers 100 times finer than human hair, and it completely disintegrates to prevent long-term complications. Believe it or not, all that medical tech is constructed the very old-fashioned way: by hand, on a wooden loom.

I like the rationale for using a manual loom

the manual loom is the perfect tool for weaving the patch’s protective cover, allowing the team to use small quantities of the costly fiber for testing

I love the idea that the team could try different weave structures to determine the best fit.

More over at BBC News