Post-3D printing modification for improved biomedical applications

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Yi Zhang

Abstract


 3D printing is a technology well-suited for biomedical applications due to its ability to create highly complex and arbitrary structures from personalized designs with a fast turnaround. However, due to a limited selection of 3D-printable materials, the biofunctionality of many 3D-printed components has not been paid enough attention. In this perspective, we point out that post-3D printing modification is the solution that could close the gap between 3D printing technology and desired biomedical functions. We identify architectural reconfiguration and surface functionalization as the two main post-3D printing modification processes and discuss potential techniques for post-3D printing modification to achieve desired biofunctionality.

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3D printing; bioprinting; modification; microfluidics; scaffold; modeling

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18063/IJB.2017.02.001

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