Three-Dimensional Printing Technology in Medical Applications

A special issue of Journal of Functional Biomaterials (ISSN 2079-4983). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomaterials and Devices for Healthcare Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 567

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Post-Graduate Program in Biotechnology, University of Araraquara, Araraquara, SP, Brazil
Interests: additive manufacturing; biomaterials; bioprinting; IT for biofabrication

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CTI Renato Archer, Campinas, Brazil
Interests: additive manufacturing; computer simulation; biomodelling; biofabrication; imaging

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Renato Archer Technology Information Center, Campinas, Brazil
Interests: additive manufacturing; tissue engineering; biofabrication; bioceramics

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Grupo B5IDA Research Group, Chemistry Department, Simon Bolivar University, Caracas, Venezuela
Interests: synthetic polymers; biopolymers; biodegradation; biocompatibility; additive manufacturing; tissue engineering; drug delivery

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Three-dimensional printing (3DP) or additive manufacturing is a ground-breaking innovation technology encompassing a wide range of production processes. It can generate physical devices automatically based on computational models.  Those processes are based on deposition, normally layer-by-layer, using materials (biomaterials) from polymers to metals, ceramics, and composites. Beyond conventional biomaterials, 3DP includes materials such as cells, spheroids, growth factors, macromolecules, etc., as a tentative to print leaving tissues, potentially addressing the organ transplant shortage. Three-dimensional printing has rapidly evolved from a novel concept to a crucial tool in medical practice over the last 20 years. It enables the creation of highly precise, patient-specific models, implants, and devices. Surgeons now rely on 3D-printed anatomical models to plan complex procedures and enhance their understanding of patient-specific anatomy. This technology has also ushered in a new era of customized implants and prosthetics, resulting in improved patient comfort and outcomes. Also, the advances of 3DP have allowed us to model the morphology of tissues more closely through scaffolds, allowing us to better understand the tissue–scaffold interaction, as well as the biodegradative processes that can occur during the regenerative stage.

Beyond surgical applications, 3D printing has paved the way for personalized drug delivery systems, allowing for tailored medication formulations. Bioprinting, a variant of 3D printing, holds immense promise for tissue engineering and the creation of functional human tissues and organs. Challenges like regulation and cost-effectiveness must be overcome, and ongoing research and development promises to push the boundaries of what is achievable with 3D printing in medicine. As this technology continues to mature, it is poised to make a profound impact on patient care, research, and medical education.

This Special Issue, “Three-Dimensional Printing Technology in Medical Applications”,  gathers original articles on wide areas in relation to 3DP, including but not limited to processes and processing, process planning, materials (biomaterials), post-processing, hardware and software, devices, computer simulation, imaging, tissue engineering, bioprinting, biofabrication, printed medicine, regulatory issues, ethics, applications, and other topics of interest.

Prof. Dr. Rodrigo Alvarenga Rezende
Dr. Jorge Vicente Lopes Da Silva
Dr. Juliana Kelmy Macário Barboza Daguano
Prof. Dr. Marcos Antonio Sabino
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  • additive manufacturing
  • 3D printing
  • biomaterials
  • biomodeling
  • medical devices
  • surgical planning
  • biofabrication
  • bioprinting
  • scaffolds
  • bioink
  • printed medicine

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