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Technological breakthrough for a new generation of implants

: Palmer, Vera

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Created on: 10.1.2020

Braunschweig: Fraunhofer IST, 2020, 7 pp.
European Commission EC
H2020; 685825; FAST
Functionally graded Additive Manufacturing scaffolds by hybrid manufacturing
Report, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IST ()
plasma; plasma jet; bone tissue scaffold; bone implants; bioprinting; 3D printing; surface treatment; regenerative medicine; tissue engineering; hybrid manufacturing; FAST

Scientists and engineers from the EU funded project Functionally graded additive manufacturing scaffolds by hybrid manufacturing (acronym: FAST) have developed an innovative, cost effective process to create bone implants. These artificial bones have a specific structure which not only absorbs the mechanical load of the bone, but also encourages the formation of new bone cells. The latter is enforced by a specific treatment of the implant’s surface. To realize these properties, the FAST researchers have merged technologies from additive manufacturing and plasma coating. The implant is made of a polymer composite, which may include a ready-to-go cocktail of drugs to suppress post-surgery infections and enhance tissue regeneration.