The design freedom of additive manufacturing combined with new developments in 3D scanning and software enables the production of personalized medical products such as prostheses and implants. For example, digital manufacturing is finding its way into the dental market.
New applications require improved biocompatible materials processable by additive manufacturing and having excellent durability. Focus areas in our research are:
- Production of multimaterial / multicolor prosthesis with optimized mechanical properties, e.g. 3D printed dental crowns and bridges
- Controlling porosity and permeability of 3D printing materials and structures
- Development of new 3D printing materials and hydrogels with enhanced bioactivity
- Development of new 3D scaffolds able to induce specific tissue regeneration through engineered surface topology or chemical surface functionality