Title

An overview of the suitability of hydrogel-forming polymers for extrusion-based 3D-printing

RIS ID

100773

Publication Details

Kirchmajer, D. M., Gorkin III, R. & in het Panhuis, M. (2015). An overview of the suitability of hydrogel-forming polymers for extrusion-based 3D-printing. Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 3 (20), 4105-4117.

Abstract

This review evaluates hydrogel-forming polymers that are suitable for soft tissue engineering with a focus on materials that can be fabricated using additive manufacturing (3D-printing). An overview of the specific material requirements for hydrogel-based tissue engineering constructs is presented. This is followed by an explanation of the various hydrogel-forming polymer classes that includes a detailed examination of material properties that are critical for extrusion printing. Specifically, mechanisms for hydrogel formation, degradation, and biological response, activity and compatibility are explored. A discussion of extrusion printing strategies for printable hydrogel-forming polymers is then presented in conjunction with a list of considerations to guide future tissue engineering developments.

Grant Number

ARC/CE0561616

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Link to publisher version (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c5tb00393h