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Engineering New Materials in Medical 3D Printing

Explore how the innovative materials at Dimension Inx can solve real world problems right now.

[TEXT ON SCREEN] 3D printing with living cells is groundbreaking—and challenging. Regulation and handling. Cell viability. Long build times. Is there an alternative path? The answer: Advanced biomaterials [ADAM JAKUS] Advanced biomaterial printing is really printing objects and structures that are made of bioactive material, that don't necessarily require cells to be added to them to regenerate tissue and organs once implanted inside the body. [TEXT ON SCREEN] Example: "3D painting" uses simple room temperature extrusion. Result: Hyperelastic Bone that the body converts into natural bony tissue after trauma. Result: Porous materials that provide structure for repairing soft tissue and organ defects. The goal: Innovative materials to solve real-world problems. [RAMILLE SHAH] A very important skill to have is the ability to collaborate with a veriety of different people from different backgrounds and disciplines—from clinicians understanding the actual problem and the need, to being able to work with cell biologists, material scientists, bioengineers, and people who actually can print.

3D printing with living cells is groundbreaking—and challenging. Obstacles include regulation, safe handling, cell viability, long build times and more. There is one big question for engineers looking to solve today’s bioengineering problems: is there an alternative path? At Dimension Inx, engineers have developed advanced biomaterials that do not require living cells in order to build effective structures.

Using simple room temperature extrusion, Dimension Inx’s “3D painting” process can create structures such as Hyperelastic Bone®, which converts into natural bony tissue after trauma. Other porous materials are able to provide structure for repairing soft tissue and organ defects. While 3D bioprinting is possible and constantly advancing, these materials are being created to solve medical problems right now.