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3D and 4D printing technology drive a significant transformation in medicine. There is a new development from 3D medical devices to 4D medical devices, such as fabricating biomedical splints, stents, and bioprinting. This technology drives a significant transformation in the healthcare sector and impacts the ...

3D and 4D printing technology drive a significant transformation in medicine. There is a new development from 3D medical devices to 4D medical devices, such as fabricating biomedical splints, stents, and bioprinting. This technology drives a significant transformation in the healthcare sector and impacts the medical field with endless possibilities. 4D printing technology is the extension of 3D printing, contributed by minimizing the procedure of surgery by using self-deforming components to treat abnormalities and smart materials that can change shape with time as the human body grows.

The goal of this Research Topic is to bring together a collection of papers that individually and collectively used 3D printing and 4D printing in medicine. In so doing, these insights will identify novel applications that have broad applications in medicine and engineering, dentistry, and material science. 3D printing and 4D printing can be integrated to aid clinicians in their practice.

We welcome the submission of manuscripts including, but not limited to, the following topics: Special focus will be given (but is not restricted) to:

• Various scanning technologies to capture medical images for 3D/4D printing

• Design modification and simulation of the smart materials

• Fabricating an internal body structure with high flexibility

• Innovation

• Implantations of smart materials

• 3D/4D printing of biomaterials

• Optimization of parameters for 3D/4D printing of biomaterials

• Physico-mechanical properties of 3D/4D printed biomaterials

• Advancement in 3D/4D printing materials

• Sustainability and scalability

Keywords: 3D printing, 4D printing, smart materials, medical implants, devices


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