3D Printed Scaffold for Tissue Engineering

Authors: Melad Askndafi, Stephanie Ho

Advisor: Dr. Folarin Erogbogbo

With the rise of 3D desktop printers, scaffold designs can be accurately made in any lab. However, they have not been used for tissue engineering with the goal of clinical translation. Here, we investigate the amount of cell adhesion that directly correlates to Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printed scaffold designs. In comparison to previous scaffold designs done in professional laboratories that use expensive FDM 3D printers, our 3D fabricated scaffolds made with desktop FDM 3D printers produce cost efficient and consistent scaffolds. Our results have shown that by using hydration steps after fabrication, the pore area decreases. The decreased area may allow for cell adhesion and provide sufficient support for proliferation. Further testing is required to show adequate cell adhesion properties. We anticipate that our results will provide beneficial insight into the relation between scaffold design and cell adhesion