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3D Printing Bioceramic Porous Scaffolds with Good Mechanical Property and Cell Affinity.

Chang CH, Lin CY, Liu FH, Chen MH, Lin CP, Ho HN, Liao YS - PLoS ONE (2015)

Bottom Line: Bi-component CaCO3/SiO2-sol was prepared as a biocomposite for the 3DP scaffold.The compressive strength was 47 MPa, and the porosity was 34%.The silica bioceramic presented no cytotoxicity and good MG-63 osteoblast-like cell affinity, demonstrating good biocompatibility.

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Affiliation: Department of Orthopedics, National Taiwan University Hospital and National Taiwan University College of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan.

ABSTRACT
Artificial bone grafting is widely used in current orthopedic surgery for bone defect problems. Unfortunately, surgeons remain unsatisfied with the current commercially available products. One of the major complaints is that these products cannot provide sufficient mechanical strength to support the human skeletal structure. In this study, we aimed to develop a bone scaffold with better mechanical property and good cell affinity by 3D printing (3DP) techniques. A self-developed 3D printer with laser-aided gelling (LAG) process was used to fabricate bioceramic scaffolds with inter-porous structures. To improve the mechanical property of the bioceramic parts after heating, CaCO3 was added to the silica ceramic slurry. CaCO3 was blended into a homogenous SiO2-sol dispersion at weight ratios varying from 0/100 to 5/95 to 9/91 (w/w). Bi-component CaCO3/SiO2-sol was prepared as a biocomposite for the 3DP scaffold. The well-mixed biocomposite was used to fabricate the bioceramic green part using the LAG method. The varied scaffolds were sintered at different temperatures ranging from 900 to 1500°C, and the mechanical property was subsequently analyzed. The scaffolds showed good property with the composite ratio of 5:95 CaCO3:SiO2 at a sintering temperature of 1300°C. The compressive strength was 47 MPa, and the porosity was 34%. The topography of the sintered 3DP bioceramic scaffold was examined by SEM, EDS and XRD. The silica bioceramic presented no cytotoxicity and good MG-63 osteoblast-like cell affinity, demonstrating good biocompatibility. Therefore, the new silica biocomposite is viable for fabricating 3DP bone bioceramics with improved mechanical property and good cell affinity.

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pone.0143713.g006: The EDS of CS5 after heat treatment at 1300°C.

Mentions: The element analysis of needle-like structure of CS5 under 1300°C heat treatment temperature (i.e. marked area of Fig 4c) by EDS was conducted, and the result is shown in Fig 6. The composition of elements is Ca, Si and O, in proportions of approximately 1:1:3, resembling the elemental proportions of CaSiO3. In addition, the needle-like crystal morphology is characteristic of β-CaSiO3 crystals [30]. Hence, it is conducted that the crystal is β-CaSiO3. The EDS analysis results show that when the temperature increases from 1300°C to 1500°C, the element content and proportions of CS5 stay the same, but the crystal phase of CS5 may change from β-CaSiO3 to α-CaSiO3.


3D Printing Bioceramic Porous Scaffolds with Good Mechanical Property and Cell Affinity.

Chang CH, Lin CY, Liu FH, Chen MH, Lin CP, Ho HN, Liao YS - PLoS ONE (2015)

The EDS of CS5 after heat treatment at 1300°C.
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pone.0143713.g006: The EDS of CS5 after heat treatment at 1300°C.
Mentions: The element analysis of needle-like structure of CS5 under 1300°C heat treatment temperature (i.e. marked area of Fig 4c) by EDS was conducted, and the result is shown in Fig 6. The composition of elements is Ca, Si and O, in proportions of approximately 1:1:3, resembling the elemental proportions of CaSiO3. In addition, the needle-like crystal morphology is characteristic of β-CaSiO3 crystals [30]. Hence, it is conducted that the crystal is β-CaSiO3. The EDS analysis results show that when the temperature increases from 1300°C to 1500°C, the element content and proportions of CS5 stay the same, but the crystal phase of CS5 may change from β-CaSiO3 to α-CaSiO3.

Bottom Line: Bi-component CaCO3/SiO2-sol was prepared as a biocomposite for the 3DP scaffold.The compressive strength was 47 MPa, and the porosity was 34%.The silica bioceramic presented no cytotoxicity and good MG-63 osteoblast-like cell affinity, demonstrating good biocompatibility.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Orthopedics, National Taiwan University Hospital and National Taiwan University College of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan.

ABSTRACT
Artificial bone grafting is widely used in current orthopedic surgery for bone defect problems. Unfortunately, surgeons remain unsatisfied with the current commercially available products. One of the major complaints is that these products cannot provide sufficient mechanical strength to support the human skeletal structure. In this study, we aimed to develop a bone scaffold with better mechanical property and good cell affinity by 3D printing (3DP) techniques. A self-developed 3D printer with laser-aided gelling (LAG) process was used to fabricate bioceramic scaffolds with inter-porous structures. To improve the mechanical property of the bioceramic parts after heating, CaCO3 was added to the silica ceramic slurry. CaCO3 was blended into a homogenous SiO2-sol dispersion at weight ratios varying from 0/100 to 5/95 to 9/91 (w/w). Bi-component CaCO3/SiO2-sol was prepared as a biocomposite for the 3DP scaffold. The well-mixed biocomposite was used to fabricate the bioceramic green part using the LAG method. The varied scaffolds were sintered at different temperatures ranging from 900 to 1500°C, and the mechanical property was subsequently analyzed. The scaffolds showed good property with the composite ratio of 5:95 CaCO3:SiO2 at a sintering temperature of 1300°C. The compressive strength was 47 MPa, and the porosity was 34%. The topography of the sintered 3DP bioceramic scaffold was examined by SEM, EDS and XRD. The silica bioceramic presented no cytotoxicity and good MG-63 osteoblast-like cell affinity, demonstrating good biocompatibility. Therefore, the new silica biocomposite is viable for fabricating 3DP bone bioceramics with improved mechanical property and good cell affinity.

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