Science Colloquium

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 11:45am to 12:30pm

Location: Postle Hall Room 1187

The Use of 3D Printing in Musculoskeletal Regenerative Medicine

Presenter: David Dean, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Plastic Surgery

Regenerative medicine seeks to restore function. 3D printing technologies can be used to produce (1) patient-matched, resorbable, tissue-forming devices, (2) inert tissue augmenting or replacement devices that restore function, as well as (3) guides that facilitate the safety, accuracy, and reliability of those procedures. Among the needs for 3D printable biomaterials are: drug delivery, surface functionalization, stiffness matching, shape memory, reliable resorption kinetics, and/or the delivery of live cells or tissues. The materials available to meet these needs include: polymer hydrogels, solid-cured polymers, metals, ceramics, and composites of these materials. This presentation surveys the available materials and how they can be used to meet clinical needs especially within musculoskeletal regenerative medicine.

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