4D Printing + Bioprinting = 4D Bioprinting
Making and utilizing new materials to improve our life is a defining feature of mankind. We moved on from the stone age, to the bronze age, to the age of silicon and plastic. Now we are at the edge of a new episode, where technological breakthroughs allow us to create, investigate and dream of a total new range of structured forms of matter.
The 3D Bioprinting Conference (Jan 31, MECC Maastricht) and the 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference (Feb 01, Brightlands Chemelot Conference Center) will give you a glimpse into how 4D Printing and bioprinting can work together.
Lorenzo Moroni, Professor in Biofabrication for Regenerative Medicine, Maastricht University, will speak about “Towards 4D printed scaffolds for regenerative medicine” during the 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference:
A key factor in scaffold-based tissue and organ regeneration relies on enhancing (stem) cell-material interactions to obtain the same original functionality. A possible way to build in functionality at the interface between materials and cells can be offered by 4D (bio)printing. Whether we are really witnessing 4D printing, a process which should be defined when the programmed temporal shape change happens during the 3D manufacturing itself, or not is still to be clarified in the field. We advocate for cautious use of the term 4D printing, as all reports so far published in literature show 3D objects that can change shape after the 3D manufacturing process. Nonetheless, these time-morphing 3D objects are certainly an exciting new development of conventional additive manufacturing, which would be thrilling to see translated in biofabrication strategies. Here, we present a new route towards time-dependent stimuli-responsive 3D scaffolds that can mechanically stimulate cells by harnessing the potential of shape memory polymers.
Amir A. Zadpoor, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair of Biomaterials and Tissue Biomechanics, Department of Biomechanical Engineering, Delft University of Technology, will talk about ‘Meta-biomaterials’ at the 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference:
This talk will focus on meta-biomaterials where specific mechanical, physical, and biological properties need to be simultaneously adjusted to enable full regeneration of functional tissue. Although having its roots in a few decades of biomaterials research, the concept of meta-biomaterials is new. That is because meta-biomaterials exploit the full potential of latest additive manufacturing technologies and take a systematic approach to the design of biomaterials with multiple functionalities that originate not only from their micro-architecture but also from their nano-topography. In that sense, meta-biomaterials could be seen as multi-physic meta-materials. I will show some examples of how meta-biomaterials could be designed, manufactured, and tested in vitro and in vivo to evaluate their potential for bone tissue regeneration and infection prevention.
Dr Christophe Marquette, Research Director, Université Lyon1/ Coordinator H2020 project FAPIC/ Coordinator 3d.FAB platform, will tackle “3d.FAB platform: 3D printing for life science” during the 3D Bioprinting Conference:
The 3d.FAB platform of the Lyon1 University, a unique structure in Europe, hosts and drives research projects (private and academic) in the field of health and life science. A large panel of technological offers are available, from FDM to DLP but also bioprinting. Are also available techniques leading to ultra-high resolution using 2 photons printing and ceramic printing. Numerous projects hosted by the platform will be presented with a special focus on cell printing for skin, cartilage, cardiac patches and bone substitute production. 4D printing of hydrogels having biochemical active functions will also be presented together with project dealing with implantable polymer printing.
Combination tickets for the 2 conferences are available. REGISTER HERE