Poly-lactic-Acid: Potential Material for Bio-printing Applications

  • Sunpreet SinghEmail author
  • Chander Prakash
  • Manjeet Singh
  • Guravtar Singh Mann
  • Munish Kumar Gupta
  • Rupinder Singh
  • Seeram Ramakrishna


Exclusive research efforts, made across the world, in the area of material science have resulted into development of a wide range of materials which could be successfully used for numerous biomedical applications. Poly-lactic-acid (PLA) is one of these developments which could be brought in direct contact of the tissues/organs, as a medical device and support structure. For the benefit of the research scholars, this chapter is structured to review the prospective biomedical implications of PLA material, explored in the last 20 years. Further, the efficacy of PLA with different types of three-dimensional printing (3DP) technologies, especially for fused deposition modeling, is also highlighted in response of the mechanical, biological, and topological characteristics of resulting parts. Further, the printing of waste natural fiber embedded PLA structures has experimented, as a case study, via fused deposition modeling.


Biomedical Composites Fused deposition modeling Poly-lactic-acid Properties Three-dimensional printing Tissue engineering 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sunpreet Singh
    • 1
    Email author
  • Chander Prakash
    • 1
  • Manjeet Singh
    • 1
  • Guravtar Singh Mann
    • 1
  • Munish Kumar Gupta
    • 2
    • 3
  • Rupinder Singh
    • 4
  • Seeram Ramakrishna
    • 5
  1. 1.Mechanical EngineeringLovely Professional UniversityPhagwaraIndia
  2. 2.Mechanical EngineeringNational Institute of TechnologyHamirpurIndia
  3. 3.Mechanical EngineeringLudhiana College of Engineering and TechnologyLudhianaIndia
  4. 4.Production EngineeringGuru Nanak Dev Engineering CollegeLudhianaIndia
  5. 5.Mechanical EngineeringNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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