3D Printing bio-mimicked composite trauma plates and bone implant joints, and apatite-biopolymer composites as bone substitutes for promptly recovering fractured bones.

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Fibre reinforced polymer composite medical devices have been well developed in the last decade, e.g., trauma plates for treating fractured bones because of their excellent mechanical features: high stiffness and strength, light weigh, temperature tolerance, chemical resistance, radiolucency, decreased artefact on CT and MRI, and biocompatibility with absence of allergies and inflammatory reactions and no cold-welding. The global medical composites market size is projected to grow from USD 922 million in 2020 to USD 1,478 million by 2025, at a CAGR of 9.9%. Carbon fibre composite trauma plates as an internal fixator and sustainable orthopaedical products have been used for the treatment of bone fractures. This project will develop 3D printing bio-mimicked composites technology, which will be 50 times faster, more than 90% costs saving compared to traditional manufacturing composite technology. This project will also investigate an intelligent decision-making support information system for the design of bone substitutes with controlled composition, structure, porosity, and mechanical strength for further selection of additive technology for its production from apatite-polymer composites. The outcome from this project will also have potential applications in civil, mechanical, aerospace, shipbuilding and automotive engineering sectors. This project will bring huge financial savings and accelerate economic development in Ukraine.
Effective start/end date29/03/2331/08/23