3D printing of polymers for biomedical applications

3D printing of polymers for biomedical applications – demo project at 3D Medical Conference & Expo by

coralie gréant

Coralie Gréant, PhD Student, Ghent University &

Laurens Parmentier, PhD student, Ghent University

This project targets the synthesis of shape memory polymers which are processed into porous scaffolds using 3D printing, in order to realize minimally invasive breast reconstruction.

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3D-printing of photo-crosslinkable polymers for tissue engineering purposes

Sandra Van Vlierberghe

by Sandra Van Vlierberghe, Professor (BOF-ZAP), Ghent University

Biofabrication is a specific area within the field of tissue engineering which takes advantage of rapid manufacturing (RM) techniques to generate 3D structures which mimic the natural extracellular matrix (ECM). A popular material in this respect is gelatin, as it is a cost-effective collagen derivative, which is the major constituent of the natural ECM. The material is characterized by an upper critical solution temperature making the material soluble at physiological conditions. To tackle this problem, the present work focusses on different gelatin functionalization strategies which enable covalent stabilization of 3D gelatin structures [1, 2].

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