Trinational research initiative: 3D printing materials for resorbable bone implants
The main aim of the project is to create materials and production techniques which enable the application of additive manufacturing / 3D printing in the medical field of bone reconstruction, thereby meeting the growing demand for more personalized medicine. The integration of additive manufacturing measures in medical engineering production processes makes it possible to fulfill the high expectations of individualized medical products and to improve the treatment of patients. New therapeutic approaches that enable patients to receive the best possible medical treatment are crucial, especially as a consequence of an ageing population and the resulting increase in health problems such as limited self-healing and osteoporosis.
Chitosan will be used for the 3D printing of non-bearing and resorbable bone implants, and its suitability for medical products will be tested within the project framework. The project partners provide complementary skills in the areas of chemical modification and the functionalization of the source materials, material characterization, implementation and the development of additive manufacturing processes, and biocompatibility analysis.
University of Applied Sciences Nordwestschweiz
The project is co-financed with funding from the European Funds for Regional Development (EFRE). Ref: 5115/3.17