3D Printing Initiative

Over the past year, NJCBM has initiated efforts to develop a 3D printing facility (Lab3DP). The main goal of Lab3DP is to provide 3D printing technologies as a manufacturing process for regenerative tissue scaffolds and medical devices, to support ongoing research in the Center. We are focusing on the most commonly used and commercially available 3D printing technologies, including fused deposition modeling (FDM), solvent-cast printing (including bioplotting) and inkjet printing. Our facility is currently equipped with three printers: two FDM printers, one with a dual head system allowing printing of two types of materials simultaneously, and a solvent-cast printer that can print solid scaffolds, hydrogels and cells. NJCBM was recently awarded supplemental funding from NIH to support part of the cost of a multi functional 3D printer.

Please read about Designing Biomaterials for 3D Printing here.

The main activities in Lab3DP are:

  • Design, synthesis and development of novel ink formulations for biomedical applications 
  • Fabricating scaffolds and devices for ongoing NJCBM projects

 

Typical scaffolds with large (left) and small (right) pores used in bone regeneration.

 

 

Composite scaffold, 3D printed PLA scaffold filled with osteoconductive E1001(1k) polymer, for bone regeneration

 

 

Stem cells (red) growing on 3D printed scaffold (green)

 

 

 

 

A scaffold printed from two materials (black and white)