CE Hours: 1.5

Seq# 256 - 3D Printing Strategies for the Regeneration of Craniofacial Tissues

This session will be recorded and available through IADR CE On Demand after the meeting for Continuing Education Credit.  

The past few decades has seen incremental improvements in regenerative strategies for the multiple tissues that comprise the craniofacial complex. During this period, partial success has been achieved since craniofacial tissues are intricate, functionally graded tridimensional structures that represent challenges ranging from adequate construct manufacturing to drug delivery as tissue is regenerated. Concerted differentiation and growth of different tissue types for the restoration of form and function adds to the complexity of adequate multi-tissue reconstruction on the craniofacial complex. The introduction and increase in scale of additive manufacturing through 3D printing has recently resulted in disruptive improvement in tissue engineering/regenerative medicine (TE/RM) strategies for craniofacial tissues. This workshop will provide insight in the engineering technology involved in the regeneration of different tissues of the craniofacial complex and will also explore the mechanistic aspects that may account for the major advances obtained in the field through the introduction of novel manufacturing techniques.

Learning Objectives:

  • To provide an update on additive manufacturing technology and how it affects the reconstructive potential of craniofacial tissues.
  • To identify gaps in the understanding of TE/RM through novel technologies encompassing 3D printing, 3D bioprinting, and 3D Plotting.
  • To explore the mechanistic approaches for understanding evoked healing and the molecular constituents of TE/RM approaches through 3D printing.