4D printing or not 4D printing? Mechanically actuatable 3D scaffolds for regenerative medicine

Lorenzo Moroni

by Lorenzo Moroni, MERLN, Maastricht University

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.

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4D Printing + Bioprinting = 4D Bioprinting

4D bioprinting

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. Continue reading “4D Printing + Bioprinting = 4D Bioprinting”

Towards 4D printed scaffolds for regenerative medicine – Presented by Lorenzo Moroni, Maastricht University

Lorenzo Moroni

Towards 4D printed scaffolds for regenerative medicine – Presented by Lorenzo Moroni, Maastricht University at the 2nd edition 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference, which takes place on 1 February 2017 at Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands. Continue reading “Towards 4D printed scaffolds for regenerative medicine – Presented by Lorenzo Moroni, Maastricht University”