As the interest in using 3D printing processes within the medical realm continues to grow, scientists around the world are experimenting with new materials and structures for 3D printed medical models, innovative medical devices, implants, and bioprinting and tissue engineering. Researchers from Germany and Italy focus on using bioceramics for creating tablets and scaffolds, releasing their findings in the recently published ‘ Gas flow assisted powder deposition for enhanced flowability of fine powders: 3D printing of α-tricalcium phosphate .’
“To produce scaffolds that mimic and co-operate with the natural bone, bioceramics are often used due to its mineral structure similar to natural bone,” explained the researchers. “Calcium phosphates constitute the important biomineral phase in the human body, and the bone mineral contains about 85% of Hydroxyapatite (HA).” “Tricalcium phosphate has three polymorphs, of which two are relevant and widely used in the medical sector: β-TCP, which […]
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