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3D Printing of Poly(lactic acid)

Authors
  • Van den Eynde, Michael; 98600;
  • Van Puyvelde, Peter; 15835;
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2018
Source
Lirias
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Abstract

© Springer International Publishing AG 2017. Poly(lactic acid) has received considerable interest in biopolymer-related research because of its excellent biocompatibility and sustainability. With the advent of new processing routes based on additive manufacturing technologies – commonly called 3D printing – applications of PLA have become more and more widespread, especially in the biomedical field (e.g., as scaffolds for tissue engineering). This review focuses on three of the most important additive manufacturing routes: extrusion-based 3D printing techniques, powder-based laser sintering, and stereolithography. For each of these methods, we discuss the processing conditions and their effect on the end use of PLA. / status: published

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