3D Ink Jet Printing of Ceramics and Biomaterials

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Ink jet provides a versatile technique for the positioning of precise volumes of fluid. This can be used as a micromanufacturing tool, if the required materials can be delivered in liquid form. We have developed highly concentrated particle suspensions of a range of sub-micron ceramic materials with viscosities sufficiently low for use in commercial industrial ink jet printers. By choosing a suitable strategy to solidify the slurries, 3-dimensional structures can be produced by overprinting. The influennce of fluid properties on printing characteristics will be discussed and example ceramic structures printed and sintered will be described.

It is also possible to use the methods developed for printing inorganic suspensions to print concentrated suspensions of living cells. Preliminary results will be presented of work using ink-jet printing to manufacture 3-dimensional cellular constructs for bioreactor and tissue engineering applications.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.
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