“The scaffold is made from polycaprolactone, a biodegradable plastic, and hydroxyapatite, a naturally occurring mineral found in bone and teeth.”
“FDM can be used with ABS, polycarbonate, polycaprolactone, polyphenylsulfone (PPS) and waxes.”
“Writing in the Lancet medical journal, the researchers said they set out to make an artificial joint using a biomaterial made out of polycaprolactone and hydroxyapatite.”
“The use of polycaprolactone for the parts set instead of ABS required that several minor changes be made when assembling them into a working Mk II.”
“A short production run (~1 km) of 3 mm polycaprolactone (PCL) filament suitable for use in the Mk II extruders used in several operational and near-operational reprap prototypes has been produced for the project.”
“With 1 km of polycaprolactone filament, the project has been able to produce larger artifacts and also test the candidate systems for days instead of for hours, as was the case with hand-produced filament.”
“This image shows the microtubes, made of polycaprolactone, with internal guidance grooves, with a 1mm bar and 0. 5mm bar to show the scale.”
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