CONCR3DE, a Dutch pioneer in binder jetting 3D printing, will present the latest advances in bioprinting at the upcoming BioCAM, taking place from 6 to 8 December 2023 in Mons, Belgium. BioCAM is organized by the Belgian Ceramic Research Centre (INISMa) and the European Ceramic Society (ECerS) to showcase additive manufacturing applied to BioCeramics. In its capacity as founding partner of the Chiron Biotech project, CONCR3DE will present the findings of a joint Chiron Biotech study named ‘Binder jetting 3D printing of porous Poly (L-lactic acid) – hydroxyapatite scaffolds intended for use in bone tissue engineering applications’.
Farid Salari, research and development engineer at CONCR3DE, is excited to share the results. “Our ability to use low-temperature binder jetting technology to accurately print hydroxyapatite composite unlocks a range of new applications in creating scaffolds for bone tissue engineering.” By combining a bioresorbable medical grade polymer, specifically compounded PLLA-HA and CONCR3DE’s water-soluble Bio Binder with custom print parameters and a specific post-processing procedure, the team was able to obtain the mechanical properties, shape accuracy and strength to create unprecedented cylindrical shape scaffolds.
Mr. Salari further explains the significance of this development: “The utilization of optimal printing parameters developed in this study can potentially enhance the structural, mechanical, and biological performances of PLLA-HA-based 3D scaffolds manufactured through the binder jetting 3D printing process.” The scaffolds are explicitly intended for application in bone and cartilage tissue engineering.
Chiron Biotech is a research project that aims to create the future of bioprinting. It works on creating a smart, multi-material 3D printing platform, including a portfolio of biomaterials and applications, both for research and production in the biomedical sector. The Chiron project was founded as an international collaboration between two enterprises, CONCR3DE and IPC, Innovative Polymer Compounds, and two research centers, the University Medical Center Utrecht and Trinity College Dublin.
The project is funded by Eurostars, a European program dedicated to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) performing research and development. Eurostars stimulates companies to set up and lead international collaborative research and innovation projects. The program is market-driven, focuses on the needs of SMEs and specifically targets the development of new products, processes, and services, as well as the access to transnational and international markets.