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Fabrication of PLA/CNT Composite Scaffolds by Fused Deposition Modeling

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Lara Rebaioli, Claudia Pagano, Irene Fassi

CNR-ITIA, Milan, Italy

Paper No. DETC2018-86097, pp. V004T08A032; 4 pages
  • ASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 23rd Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 12th International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems
  • Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, August 26–29, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5179-1
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


The Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology can be successfully used to manufacture biodegradable polymeric scaffolds for tissue reconstruction in case of critical size bone damages. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are able to mimic the extracellular matrix and their addition can improve the mechanical and electrical properties of polymers. In this way, the scaffolds are more likely to match the host bone properties and the cell adhesion, differentiation and proliferation can be enhanced. In this paper scaffold-like specimens, manufactured by FDM technology, are tested to evaluate the conductivity increase in PLA/CNT composite compared to pure PLA (polylactid acid).

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