• Biocompatibility

Property of a material which is compatible with living tissue.

A biocompatible material is not toxic, nor does it generate an adverse reaction in the body or tissue it is in contact with.

Biocompatibility is a key property of materials used in medical devices and is measured in accordance with ISO 10993. The range of tests to be carried out for a biocompatibility evaluation depends on the nature and the duration of the contact between the device and the body. Hence, the tests to be performed will be different for a dental aligner material and a bone implant material.

In DLP 3D-printing, the development of biocompatible photopolymer resins is a prerequisite for the expansion of this technology in the fields of biofabrication and bioprinting. Recent developments in material research have enabled the emergence of new non-toxic photopolymer formulations and photopolymerization techniques that pave the way for promising applications in tissues engineering ang regenerative medicine.

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  • Biofabrication

    Biofabrication is the production of biological products. These products can be made from materials such as biomaterials, matrices, and living cells. Biofabrication offers the opportunity to reconstruct the structural and functional complexity of human tissues. This rapidly developing technology has been encouraged by the development of Additive Manufacturing Technologies.

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  • Bioprinting

    Bioprinting is one type of an additive manufacturing process. Bioprinting is the addition of cells to biocompatible polymers that mimic the ECM environment to support living cells.

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