New micro-CT system installed at the Institute of Biomaterials

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HY2Print (hybrid hydrogel-printing of craniomaxillofacial (CMF) bone defects implants) is a project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (FKZ: WAPM100262672), which addresses the different requirements of CMF bone healing. The aim of the project is the production of titanium-hydrogel-ceramic composite structures using three-dimensional (3D) bioplotting. The generated structures should mimic the biological and mechanical function of the natural bone and be able to stimulate its regeneration. In order to achieve a highly accurate characterisation of the 3D constructs, a μCT system was installed at the Institute of Biomaterials in August based on our collaboration with the Development Center X-ray Technology (EZRT), Fürth, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, partner in HY2Print. On the photo Vera Bednarzig (PhD student), Dr. Rainer Detsch (Project Manager), Susanne Heid (PhD student), and cooperation partner Dr. Stefan Gerth (Fraunhofer EZRT). Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (Head, Institute of Biomaterials) said: “we are very pleased to have this μCT imaging system in our Institute which will support the assessment of the quality of the printed constructs made within project HY2Print. We are grateful and appreciate the very fruitful collaboration with all partners in this project”.