Porous Ti6AI4V scaffolds directly fabricated by 3D fibre deposition technique: effect of nozzle diameter

J.P. Li, J.R. de Wijn, C.A van Blitterswijk, K. de Groot

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    3D porous Ti6Al4V scaffolds were successfully directly fabricated by a rapid prototyping technology: 3D fibre deposition. In this study, the rheological properties of Ti6Al4V slurry was studied and the flow rate was analyzed at various pressures and nozzle diameters. Scaffolds with different fibre diameter and porosity were fabricated. ESEM observation and mechanical tests were performed on the obtained porous Ti6Al4V scaffolds with regard to the porous structure and mechanical properties. The results show that these scaffolds have 3D interconnected porous structure and a compressive strength which depends on porosity at constant fibre diameters and on the fibre diameter at constant porosity. These Ti6Al4V scaffolds are expected to be constructs for biomedical applications.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1159-1163
    JournalJournal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


    • METIS-229488
    • Polymer
    • Mechanical property
    • Porosity
    • Compressive strength
    • Porous structure

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