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3D Printed Porous Bone Constructs

  • Wenjun Zheng
  • Qilin Wei
  • Xiaojie Xun
  • Ming Su
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Abstract

Bone supports and protects organs in the body. Bone has three dimensional (3D) structures, where the spongy and porous inner part is surrounded by an outer part of low porosity. Bone diseases and fractures affect a myriad of people and are serious health concerns in population where aging is coupled with increased obesity and poor physical activity. As a metabolically active tissue, bone self-heals, but its ability is limited by ages, diseases, pathological conditions, and cannot repair large defects, which lead to bone fractures.

Keywords

Bone replacement Three dimensional printing Porous Ceramics Metals Polymer 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wenjun Zheng
    • 1
  • Qilin Wei
    • 2
  • Xiaojie Xun
    • 3
  • Ming Su
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Beijing Institute of TechnologyBeijingChina
  3. 3.Wenzhou Institute of Biomaterials and EngineeringChinese Academy of Science, Wenzhou Medical UniversityZhejiangChina

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