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3D Printing for Implantable Medical Devices: From Surgical Reconstruction to Tissue/Organ Regeneration

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Given the growing need to repair or replace damaged organs or tissues, implants and engineered tissues have been, in the last 10 years, driving a growing interest. However, considering the shape- and geometry-specificity of a patient's injured area due to anatomy discrepancy, the concept of "personalized ...

Given the growing need to repair or replace damaged organs or tissues, implants and engineered tissues have been, in the last 10 years, driving a growing interest. However, considering the shape- and geometry-specificity of a patient's injured area due to anatomy discrepancy, the concept of "personalized medicine" has concomitantly risen. This concept is based on the design of custom-made implants that are specific to the patient’s needs and anatomy. To develop such implantable structures, 3D printing technologies have proved themselves to be viable solutions, since they enable the design and manufacturing of implants and engineered tissue with complex and unique geometries. Using patient-specific medical images (CT scan, X-Ray, MRI), 3D computational models of the injured area can be generated and then 3D printed.

These 3D printing techniques are now widely used to process an array of materials (metals, ceramics and polymers) in order to produce custom-made medical implants. Furthermore, the concept of "bioprinting" has also emerged, which combines the use of biomaterials and living cell-based "bioinks" to produce tissues that recapitulate complex organs such as skin, cartilage and vasculature.

Within this view, this Research Topic welcomes articles in the following areas:
- 3D printing of personalized medical implants (metals, ceramics and polymers)
- Development of new bioinks to print implantable engineered tissues
- 3D printing of surgical guides
- 3D printing of medical devices
- Development of specific 3D printer for medical applications

This Research Topic will be a collection of research articles, review and mini-reviews which will highlight the recent advances in 3D printing for implantable medical devices. Papers focusing on the elaboration of CAD from medical images (X-Ray, CT scan and MRI) are also welcome.

Dr. Julien Barthes is Collaborative Project Manager at PROTiP MEDICAL SAS. All other Topic Editors declare no competing interests with regards to the Research Topic subject.


Keywords: Bioprinting, Metals, Ceramics, Personalized medicine, Silicone, Bioinks


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29 November 2019 Manuscript Extension

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