From Academia: 3D Printing In Orthopedics, Drug Delivery, Bone Regeneration

In this week’s issue of “From Academia”, we share three recent publications focusing on using 3D printing in orthopedics, but from different angles. The first article focuses on adding drug delivery functionality to 3D printed biodegradable implants by adding PCL coating. The second article focuses on using a new biocompatible conductive material magnesium phosphate ceramics modified with Sr2+ ions (MgPSr) and a medical-grade polycaprolactone (PCL) polymer phase to 3D printing implants for better bone regeneration. The last article focuses on designing a 3D printing focused digital workflow to simulate and design better fixation devices for fractures.

From Academia” features recent, relevant, close to commercialization academic publications. Subjects include but not limited to healthcare 3D printing, 3D bioprinting, and related emerging technologies.

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Poly(caprolactone)-Based Coatings on 3D-Printed Biodegradable Implants: A Novel Strategy to Prolong Delivery of Hydrophilic Drugs

Authored by Sarah A. Stewart, Juan Domínguez-Robles, Victoria J. McIlorum, Zoilo Gonzalez, Emilia Utomo, Elena Mancuso, Dimitrios A. Lamprou, Ryan F. Donnelly, and Eneko Larrañeta. ACS Molecular Pharmaceutics. July 2020

Tough magnesium phosphate-based 3D-printed implants induce bone regeneration in an equine defect model

Authored by Nasim Golafshan, Elke Vorndran, Stefan Zaharievski, Harold Brommer, Firoz Babu Kadumudi, Alireza Dolatshahi-Pirouz, Uwe Gbureck, Rene van Weeren, Miguel Castilho, Jos Malda. Biomaterials. December 2020 

Additive manufacturing of fracture fixation implants: Design, material characterization, biomechanical modeling and experimentation

Authored by Maryam Tilton, Gregory S. Lewis, Hwa Bok Wee, April Armstrong, Michael W. Hast, Guha Manogharan. Additive Manufacturing. May 2020

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Automated Bioprinting

3D Printed Drug Delivering Medical Devices

3D Printing Ceramic Implants

3D Bioprinting Knee, Aneurysm Model, 3D Organization Using Microfluidics

3D Printing Pharmaceuticals and Drug Delivery Devices

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