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Molecules 2016, 21(6), 685; doi:10.3390/molecules21060685

Current Status of Bioinks for Micro-Extrusion-Based 3D Bioprinting

School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Block N4.1, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798, Singapore
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Received: 19 April 2016 / Revised: 16 May 2016 / Accepted: 19 May 2016 / Published: 25 May 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biomaterials and Bioprinting)
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Recent developments in 3D printing technologies and design have been nothing short of spectacular. Parallel to this, development of bioinks has also emerged as an active research area with almost unlimited possibilities. Many bioinks have been developed for various cells types, but bioinks currently used for 3D printing still have challenges and limitations. Bioink development is significant due to two major objectives. The first objective is to provide growth- and function-supportive bioinks to the cells for their proper organization and eventual function and the second objective is to minimize the effect of printing on cell viability, without compromising the resolution shape and stability of the construct. Here, we will address the current status and challenges of bioinks for 3D printing of tissue constructs for in vitro and in vivo applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: 3D printing; bioprinting; biopolymers; bioinks; printability; resolution 3D printing; bioprinting; biopolymers; bioinks; printability; resolution
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Panwar, A.; Tan, L.P. Current Status of Bioinks for Micro-Extrusion-Based 3D Bioprinting. Molecules 2016, 21, 685.

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