May 8-11, 2017 | David L. Lawrence Convention Center | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | Exhibits May 9-11

Additive Manufacturing of Biodegradable Photopolymers and Ceramics

Medical Manufacturing Innovations (MMI) Program MMI:  Biomaterials

Intermediate May 10, 2017 11:25 am - 11:45 am

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Johannes Benedikt PhD, CTO, Lithoz GmbH

This contribution will mainly focus on a dedicated AM process for shaping of ceramics. Lithography-based ceramic manufacturing (LCM) is a slurry-based process that relies on the selective curing of a photosensitive ceramic suspension. The organic matrix of the suspension is crosslinked upon exposure to light and acts as temporary binder system for the ceramic particles. These composites are subsequently treated at elevated temperatures to remove the organic matrix and sinter the particles together to give the ceramic bodies. As an outlook the potential combining ceramics with novel biocompatible and bioresorbable photopolymers will also be addressed as a new class of composite materials with highly interesting properties in regenerative medicine.