Practical Use of Hydrogels in Stereolithography for Tissue Engineering Applications



In recent years, additive manufacturing (AM) or rapid prototyping (RP) technologies, initially developed to create prototypes prior to production for the automotive, aerospace, and other industries, have found applications in tissue engineering (TE) and their use is growing rapidly. RP technologies are increasingly demonstrating the potential for fabricating biocompatible 3D structures with precise control of the micro- and macro-scale characteristics. Several comprehensive reviews on the use of RP technologies, also known as solid freeform fabrication, Additive Manufacturing, direct digital manufacturing, and other names, have been published recently [1–4].


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The research presented here was performed at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) within the W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation (Keck Center). Primary support for this research was provided by the National Science Foundation through Grant No. CBET-0730750. The authors are grateful to the many faculty, staff, and students within the Keck Center who assisted in various ways with this research. Equipment and facilities in the UTEP Analytical Cytology Core Facility of the Biological Sciences Department used here are maintained through NCRR Grant Number 5G12 RR008124. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this work are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation or any other individual or funding agency.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karina Arcaute
  • Brenda K. Mann
  • Ryan B. Wicker
    • 1
  1. 1.W.M. Keck Center for 3D InnovationUniversity of Texas at El PasoEl PasoUSA

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