3D and 4D Printing of Polymers for Tissue Engineering Applications


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Tamay D. G. , DURSUN USAL T. , Alagoz A. S. , Yucel D., HASIRCI N. , Hasirci V.

FRONTIERS IN BIOENGINEERING AND BIOTECHNOLOGY, vol.7, 2019 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 7
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.3389/fbioe.2019.00164
  • Title of Journal : FRONTIERS IN BIOENGINEERING AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
  • Keywords: 3D printing, 4D printing, tissue engineering, smart materials, bioprinting, bioinks, scaffold, MECHANICAL-PROPERTIES, BONE REGENERATION, CARTILAGE TISSUE, EXTRACELLULAR-MATRIX, STEM-CELLS, SURFACE MODIFICATION, COMPOSITE SCAFFOLDS, MAGNETIC SCAFFOLDS, SMART POLYMERS, DRUG-DELIVERY

Abstract

Three-dimensional (3D) and Four-dimensional (4D) printing emerged as the next generation of fabrication techniques, spanning across various research areas, such as engineering, chemistry, biology, computer science, and materials science. Three-dimensional printing enables the fabrication of complex forms with high precision, through a layer-by-layer addition of different materials. Use of intelligent materials which change shape or color, produce an electrical current, become bioactive, or perform an intended function in response to an external stimulus, paves the way for the production of dynamic 3D structures, which is now called 4D printing. 3D and 4D printing techniques have great potential in the production of scaffolds to be applied in tissue engineering, especially in constructing patient specific scaffolds. Furthermore, physical and chemical guidance cues can be printed with these methods to improve the extent and rate of targeted tissue regeneration. This review presents a comprehensive survey of 3D and 4D printing methods, and the advantage of their use in tissue regeneration over other scaffold production approaches.