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Functionally graded Additive Manufacturing scaffolds by hybrid manufacturing

Objective

Additive Manufacturing (AM) market has grown with trends higher than 20% every year in the last 10 years. Their fast uptake is due to different innovative factors such as no shape limits in manufacturing process, full customisation on the single artefact, localised production and no waste material. In particular the ability to print any shape allows to design the products not following the constricting conventional manufacturing processes but just focalising on their function. This “Design for Function” feature is one of the main drivers for AM uptake on a wider scale production and the limited number of “functional” materials that can be printed or the limit in controlling gradient and surface properties are showing to be an important barrier. This is particularly true in manufacturing of tissue engineering (TE) scaffolds where the technology has a promising growth over the last decade. Scaffolds production for tissue regeneration is one of the main fields where the “Design for Function” feature of AM make the difference relative to the other production techniques if in the production process all the needed “Functions” can be introduced: mechanics, geometry (porosity and shape), biomaterial, bio-active molecules and surface chemical groups.
The FAST project aims to integrate all these “Functions” in the single AM process.
This integration will be obtained by the hybridisation of the 3D polymer printing with melt compounding of nanocomposites with bio-functionalised fillers directly in the printing head and atmospheric plasma technologies during the printing process itself. Final objective of the project is to realize a demonstrator of the proposed hybrid AM technology in order to achieve a small pilot production of scaffolds for bone regeneration with the novel smart features to be tested in some in-vivo trials.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/odontology/dental implantology
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/manufacturing engineering/additive manufacturing
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/surgery/surgical procedure
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics
  • /medical and health sciences/medical biotechnology/cells technologies/stem cells
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/cell biology
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/nanocomposites
  • /natural sciences/mathematics/pure mathematics/geometry
  • /medical and health sciences/medical biotechnology/tissue engineering

Call for proposal

H2020-NMP-PILOTS-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT
Address
Minderbroedersberg 4-6
6200 MD Maastricht
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 953 500

Participants (8)

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 507 875
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
NADIR SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 932 750
Address
Via Francesco Zugno 9
35134 Padova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GESIM GESELLSCHAFT FUR SILIZIUM-MIKROSYSTEME MBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 726 000
Address
Bautzner Landstrasse 45
01454 Grosserkmannsdorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PROLABIN & TEFARM SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 422 500
Address
Via Dell'acciaio Num 9
06134 Perugia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ABALONYX AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 268 750
Address
Forskningsveien 1
0373 Oslo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 805 625
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
POLYVATION BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 249 625
Address
Kadijk 7D
9747 AT Groningen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 50 125
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments