A Biologically Degradable and Bioseniatic Feedstock for the High-Quality 3D Printing of Medical Illustrations

Authors

  • Joshua Bledsoe University of Georgia https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3552-3915
  • Brad Gilleland
  • Austin Wright
  • Evan White
  • Grant Crane
  • Christopher Herron
  • Jason Locklin
  • Branson Ritchie New Materials Institute, University of Georgia

Abstract

A Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate) (PHBHHx) -based filament was evaluated as an alternative feedstock for Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) of instructional and clinical medical specimens. PHBHHx-based prints of domestic cat vertebra, skull bone, and an aortic arch cast were found comparable to conventional materials. PHBHHx-based filament and extrudate samples were evaluated for biological degradability, to meet the BioseniaticTM standard defined by the University of Georgia’s New Materials Institute. Both samples achieved more than 90% mineralization within 32 days in industrial composting conditions.

Author Biography

Joshua Bledsoe, University of Georgia

PhD Candidate, Department of Chemistry, University of Georgia

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Published

2023-12-22

How to Cite

Bledsoe, J., Gilleland, B., Wright, A., White, E., Crane, G., Herron, C., … Ritchie, B. (2023). A Biologically Degradable and Bioseniatic Feedstock for the High-Quality 3D Printing of Medical Illustrations. Journal of Biocommunication, 47(2). Retrieved from https://journals.uic.edu/ojs/index.php/jbc/article/view/13246