3D Bioplotter Research Papers
Bioprinting and in vitro characterization of alginate dialdehyde–gelatin hydrogel bio-ink
Cell-laden cardiac patches have recently been emerging to renew cellular sources for myocardial infarction (MI, commonly know as a heart attack) repair. However, the fabrication of cell-laden patches with porous structure remains challenging due to the limitations of currently available hydrogels and existing processing techniques. The present study utilized a bioprinting technique to fabricate hydrogel patches and characterize them in terms of printability, mechanical and biological properties. Cell-laden hydrogel (or bio-ink) was formulated from alginate dialdehyde (ADA) and gelatin (GEL) to improve the printability, degradability as well as bioactivity. Five groups of hydrogel compositions were designed to investigate the influence…
3D Printing of Porous Cell-Laden Hydrogel Constructs for Potential Applications in Cartilage Tissue Engineering
Hydrogels are particularly attractive as scaffolding materials for cartilage tissue engineering because their high water content closely mimics the native extracellular matrix (ECM). Hydrogels can also provide a three-dimensional (3D) microenvironment for homogeneously suspended cells that retains their rounded morphology and thus facilitates chondrogenesis in cartilage tissue engineering. However, fabricating hydrogel scaffolds or cell-laden hydrogel constructs with a predesigned external shape and internal structure that does not collapse remains challenging because of the low viscosity and high water content of hydrogel precursors. Here, we present a study on the fabrication of (cell-laden) alginate hydrogel constructs using a 3D bioplotting system…
3D Printing of Porous Alginate/gelatin Hydrogel Scaffolds and Their Mechanical Property Characterization
Hydrogel scaffolds with well-defined internal structure and interconnected porosity are important for tissue engineering. 3D Bioplotting technique supplemented with thermal/submerged ionic crosslinking process was used to fabricate hydrogel scaffolds. Six scaffold geometries were fabricated and their influence on mechanical performance was investigated. 0/90-0.8 group with the lowest porosity showed the highest Young’s modulus while the Shift group showed the lowest Young’s modulus. Same trend has also been observed for the dynamic modulus of each group. Results demonstrated that the mechanical performance of hydrogel scaffolds can be tuned by changing the internal structure parameters including strands orientation and spacing between strands.