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3D Printed Sensors for Biomedical Applications: A Review

DGUT-CNAM Institute, Dongguan University of Technology, Dongguan 523106, China
CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Durgapur, West Bengal 713209, India
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Sensors 2019, 19(7), 1706;
Received: 12 March 2019 / Revised: 1 April 2019 / Accepted: 8 April 2019 / Published: 10 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 3D Printed Sensors and Actuators)
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This paper showcases a substantial review on some of the significant work done on 3D printing of sensors for biomedical applications. The importance of 3D printing techniques has bloomed in the sensing world due to their essential advantages of quick fabrication, easy accessibility, processing of varied materials and sustainability. Along with the introduction of the necessity and influence of 3D printing techniques for the fabrication of sensors for different healthcare applications, the paper explains the individual methodologies used to develop sensing prototypes. Six different 3D printing techniques have been explained in the manuscript, followed by drawing a comparison between them in terms of their advantages, disadvantages, materials being processed, resolution, repeatability, accuracy and applications. Finally, a conclusion of the paper is provided with some of the challenges of the current 3D printing techniques about the developed sensing prototypes, their corresponding remedial solutions and a market survey determining the expenditure on 3D printing for biomedical sensing prototypes. View Full-Text
Keywords: 3D printed sensors; fused deposition modelling; stereolithography; selective laser sintering; inkjet; polyjet; digital light processing 3D printed sensors; fused deposition modelling; stereolithography; selective laser sintering; inkjet; polyjet; digital light processing

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