An important product in biomedical and biomimetic engineering is the 3D scaffold, which mimics the real tissue in vitro to achieve the external cultivation of cells. The difference between the 3D scaffold and other biomimetic products lies in the fact that the former mimics the internal features of tissue, while the latter generally approximates the external traits of biological beings. In the field of scaffold engineering, the 3D printed vibratory scaffold, 3DPVS, has been proposed as a present-to-future novel scaffold product, and it currently stays at the stage of conceptual development. To achieve the novel design of the conceptual 3DPVS, a conceptual design process has been established by authors in their previous work, which contain three main stages, namely the design initiation, concept generation, and concept evaluation. In terms of design initiation, it is a ‘must-accomplish’ stage which generates outputs for both the subsequent concept generation and evaluation. Work of design initiation therefore is of significant value and it consists of several tasks; that is, conducting a thorough literature review, summarizing the fundamental issues preparing the general conceptual design, studying the multi-characterization of the 3DPVS, putting forward the potential base model(s), as well as indicating the ideality of the scaffold and establishing potential ideal model(s) for the 3DPVS. In this paper, design initiation will be chiefly focused upon these essential aspects to be discussed, work of which is expected to be useful in establishing a solid ground for future innovation work of the 3DPVS.
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