|About this Abstract
||MS&T22: Materials Science & Technology
||3D Printing of Biomaterials and Devices
||3-D Printing in Regenerative Engineering
||Yusuf Khan, Cato Laurencin, Godwin Dzidotor, Amir Seyedsalehi
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
The Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering has taken a comprehensive approach to the repair and restoration of complex musculoskeletal tissues. Here we describe the role of 3D printing in the design and synthesis of complex, 3-dimensional, implantable scaffolds with precise architecture, degradability, and mechanical responsibilities. 3D printing has been a valuable tool for the synthesis of such scaffolds by allowing for the precise control over key design elements like pore diameter/porosity , strut diameter, and other aspects that require the precision afforded by 3D printing. We have also used 3D printing technology to develop unique devices designed to regenerate musculoskeletal tissues noninvasively by controlling joint mechanics, and also to improve the utility of complex preclinical injury models that mandate precise surgical procedures by 3D-printing pins for bone stabilization, external fixators for injury stability during healing, and jigs to facilitate accurate implant placement during the surgical procedure.