Professor of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania
“Advances in 3D Printing for Medical Applications”
December 18, 2019
3D printing is a technology that is now revolutionizing many fields, particularly in the manufacturing of materials with desired shapes and structures, often through layer-by-layer fabrication approaches. It is now even feasible to have 3D printers in our homes, using open-source software and low-cost materials. One area where 3D printing is now making an impact is in the treatment of patients. This includes the construction of prosthetic devices, the fabrication of hard implants (particularly in dentistry and orthopedics), and the design of surgical guides and models. This field is now evolving towards 3D BIOprinting, where materials are combined with cells towards the fabrication of biological structures that may be useful in the repair and regeneration of tissues, or as disease models for applications in drug screening. In this presentation, I will discuss general advances in 3D printing in medicine, as well as the various 3D printing techniques that are being developed in this area. Further, I will focus on how 3D printing is now being advanced to fabricate complex biological tissues with the potential as patient therapies.