Ken Gall1

1, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States

In this talk I will overview the 3D printing of biomedical implants from synthetic materials, including soft polymers (PCU), hard polymers (PEEK), and metals (Titanium). We will focus on basic materials science regarding the mechanical properties of the printed structures and relationships between structural porosity and resulting mechanical properties. Examples of how the basic science research has supported translation into various implants will be provided. Discussion will also center on regulatory paths for various printed implants, and the opportunities new materials and new printign methods could play in the future of medicine.