16 April 2016 Establishment of gel materials with different mechanical properties by 3D gel printer SWIM-ER
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A 3D printer is a device which can directly produce objects whose shape is the same as the original 3D digital data. Hydrogels have unique properties such as high water content, low frictional properties, biocompatibility, material permeability and high transparency, which are rare in hard and dry materials. These superior characteristics of gels promise useful medical applications. We have been working on the development of a 3D gel printer, SWIM-ER (Soft and Wet Industrial – Easy Realizer), which can make models of organs and artificial blood vessels with gel material. However, 3D printing has a problem: the mechanical properties of the printed object vary depending on printing conditions, and this matter was investigated with SWIM-ER. In the past, we found that mechanical properties of 3D gel objects depend on the deposition orientation in SWIM-ER. In this study, gels were printed with different laser scanning speeds. The mechanical properties of these gels were investigated by compression tests, water content measurements and SMILS (Scanning Microscopic Light Scattering).
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Takafumi Ota, Takafumi Ota, Taishi Tase, Taishi Tase, Koji Okada, Koji Okada, Azusa Saito, Azusa Saito, Kyuuichiro Takamatsu, Kyuuichiro Takamatsu, Masaru Kawakami, Masaru Kawakami, Hidemitsu Furukawa, Hidemitsu Furukawa, "Establishment of gel materials with different mechanical properties by 3D gel printer SWIM-ER", Proc. SPIE 9802, Nanosensors, Biosensors, and Info-Tech Sensors and Systems 2016, 98020L (16 April 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2218247; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2218247
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