3D Bioprinting in Clinical Cardiovascular Medicine

  • Alexander Cetnar
  • Martin Tomov
  • Andrea Theus
  • Bryanna Lima
  • Agastya Vaidya
  • Vahid SerpooshanEmail author


3D bioprinting is a form of additive manufacturing tailored toward creating biological constructs with precise spatial control. As an extension of conventional 3D printing with a variety of materials such as polymers, ceramics, and metals, 3D bioprinting focuses on building viable, biomimetic products that can be used to replicate, improve, or substitute functional tissues. Driven by the field of tissue engineering, advancements in 3D bioprinting have enabled greater print resolutions, more customizable bioinks, and faster biomanufacturing speeds, which are critical when handling delicate biological substances. To date, researchers and engineers have creatively employed 3D bioprinting to combat cardiovascular disease, the most prevalent cause of death in the Western world. In the realm of cardiovascular medicine, 3D bioprinting has seen manifold applications including surgical models, cardiac patches, computational and theoretical models, heart valves, and stents. These technologies vary in terms of their extent of development, ranging from in vitro modeling to clinical therapies. While surgical models are most widely used in a clinical setting, other bioprinted models are rapidly developing with promising results. Overall, this chapter focuses on the clinical applications of 3D bioprinting aimed toward understanding, augmenting, or replacing cardiovascular tissues and organs.


3D bioprinting Additive manufacturing Cardiovascular tissue engineering Stents Cardiac valve Computational modeling Surgical model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander Cetnar
    • 1
  • Martin Tomov
    • 1
    • 2
  • Andrea Theus
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bryanna Lima
    • 1
  • Agastya Vaidya
    • 3
    • 4
  • Vahid Serpooshan
    • 1
    • 2
    • 5
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Biomedical EngineeringEmory University and Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsEmory University School of MedicineAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Department of BiologyEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  4. 4.Emory University and Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA
  5. 5.Children’s Healthcare of AtlantaAtlantaUSA

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