Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine

, Volume 16, Issue 12, pp 1159–1163 | Cite as

Porous Ti6Al4V scaffolds directly fabricated by 3D fibre deposition technique: Effect of nozzle diameter

  • J. P. Li
  • J. R. de Wijn
  • C. A. van Blitterswijk
  • K. de. Groot


3D porous Ti6Al4V scaffolds were successfully directly fabricated by a rapid prototyping technology: 3D fibre deposition. In this study, the rheological properties of Ti6Al4V slurry was studied and the flow rate was analyzed at various pressures and nozzle diameters. Scaffolds with different fibre diameter and porosity were fabricated. ESEM observation and mechanical tests were performed on the obtained porous Ti6Al4V scaffolds with regard to the porous structure and mechanical properties. The results show that these scaffolds have 3D interconnected porous structure and a compressive strength which depends on porosity at constant fibre diameters and on the fibre diameter at constant porosity. These Ti6Al4V scaffolds are expected to be constructs for biomedical applications.


Polymer Mechanical Property Porosity Compressive Strength Porous Structure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. P. Li
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. R. de Wijn
    • 1
  • C. A. van Blitterswijk
    • 1
  • K. de. Groot
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Biomedical TechnologyUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands
  2. 2.PoroGen B.VEnschedeThe Netherlands

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