Fabrication of Stacked-Ring Netted Tubular Constructs Via 3D-Template Electrohydrodynamic Printing
Electrohydrodynamic (EHD) printing is an emerging additive manufacturing process which provides several opportunities for advanced fiber patterning and alignment. In this study, stacked-ring netted tubular constructs were printed using controlled EHD fiber deposition. To achieve this, a modified EHD system was developed which integrated air and heating moduli, in addition to a 3D cylindrical collector. The impact of additional peripheral components was evident through enhanced solidification of as-formed polycaprolactone (PCL) polymer fiber prints, which further enabled fabrication of stacked PCL fiber rings. Subsequently, stacked-ring netted tubular constructs (via x-axis deposition manipulation) were fabricated. Electric-field simulations were used to elucidate construct formation mechanism. The modified printing system provides much needed control on fiber deposition and solidification; enabling integration of essential bio-interface features and morphologies (e.g. tissue structure and surface mimicry) for advanced 3D biomaterial engineering.
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Citation : Wang, L., Luo, Y., Ahmad, Z. et al. (2018) Fabrication of Stacked-Ring Netted Tubular Constructs Via 3D-Template Electrohydrodynamic Printing. Journal of Material Science, (17), pp. 11943-11950
Research Institute : Leicester Institute for Pharmaceutical Innovation - From Molecules to Practice (LIPI)
Peer Reviewed : Yes
- Leicester School of Pharmacy