Cell scaffold printed with 0.1 mm nozzle on Mass Portal XD20
Polycaprolactone (PCL) is a biodegradable polyester and has attracted a great deal of attention for use as an implantable biomaterial. In particular it is especially interesting for the preparation of long term implantable devices, owing to its degradation which is even slower than that of polylactide (PLA). PCL is also used for controlled drug release, cell scaffolds and medical braces.
Thanks to high resolution capabilities of Mass Portal 3D printers it is possible to print PCL material in extremely high resolution with a 0.1 mm nozzle, which in turn opens up new opportunities in fields of bioprinting and medical devices.
Example brace application with original PCL printed part and molded part
Since PCL has a low melting point of around 60 °C making it well suited for applications where the printed part needs to be moulded afterwards. This makes PCL perfect for medical braces and fixtures since the braces can be adjusted for perfect fit in hot water.
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