Development of 3D printer for manufacturing of implants

DAVINCI develops 3D printer for manufacturing of implants

DAVINCI and three collaborators have embarked upon an exciting project, which combines stem cell research, nanotechnology and 3D print. with the CartigenPro project, a team of scientists have developed a nanotechnological material, which can be implanted into the human body in case of large cartilage damages. The material attracts stem cells and promotes formation of new cartilage. While new tissue is being created, the implant decomposes and disappears. Innovation Fund Denmark invests 8 million DKK in the development of a production platform for the degradable implants.

Development and design of a production platform

DAVINCI and the project partners have joined forces for the development and approval of a production platform, which should make it possible to print 3D implants, which are customized to the individual body. The technology is developed at Aarhus Universitet in a cooperation between Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Department of Engineering (ENG) and Aarhus University Hospital. Aarhus University, The University Hospital and LevOss are, together with DAVINCI, partners in the project.

The project is still at the concept- and development-stage, where the sketches, 3D design and simulations are performed. Moreover, DAVINCI has bought cleanroom facilities to establish sterile and particle-free production areas.

Read more about the project in the article from The Engineer or watch TV2 eastern Jutland’s programme.