IJAT Vol.3 No.5 pp. 509-513
doi: 10.20965/ijat.2009.p0509


Manufacturing of Artificial Bones Using 3D Inkjet Printing Technology

Ung-il Chung/Yuichi Tei

Department of Bioengineering, The University of Tokyo Graduate Schools of Engineering and Medicine & Division of Tissue Engineering, The University of Tokyo Hospital, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan

June 24, 2009
July 17, 2009
September 5, 2009
tissue engineering, scaffold, bone, calcium phosphate, inkjet printing
The performance of the scaffolds holds the key to the realization of tissue engineering in clinical settings. By precisely controlling the 3D shape of the scaffolds using the inkjet printing technology, we have significantly improved the performance of the artificial bones, which have good shape compatibility, resultant reduction in the operation time and invasiveness, and resultant speedy union with the host bone tissues. We conclude that 3D shape control is vital to the performance of the scaffolds. We propose that it is advisable to consider at least once controlling the 3D shape of the scaffold by optimizing the design and manufacturing method, before resorting to the complex, expensive and high-risk use of growth factors and cells.
Cite this article as:
U. Tei, “Manufacturing of Artificial Bones Using 3D Inkjet Printing Technology,” Int. J. Automation Technol., Vol.3 No.5, pp. 509-513, 2009.
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