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Over the last decade DLW employing ultrafast pulsed lasers has become a well-established technique for the creation of custom-made free-form three-dimensional (3D) microscaffolds out of a variety of materials ranging from proteins to biocompatible glasses. Its potential applications for manufacturing a patient's specific scaffold seem unlimited in terms of(More)
A 3D printing fused filament fabrication (FFF) approach has been implemented for the creation of microstructures having an internal 3D microstructure geometry. These objects were produced without any sacrificial structures or additional support materials, just by precisely tuning the nozzle heating, fan cooling and translation velocity parameters. The(More)
Engineering biomaterial scaffolds that promote attachment and growth of mesenchymal stem cells in three dimensions is a crucial parameter for successful bone tissue engineering. Towards this direction, a lot of research effort has focused recently into the development of three-dimensional porous scaffolds, aiming to elicit positive cellular behavior.(More)
This work presents the latest results on direct laser writing of polymeric materials for tissue engineering applications. A femtosecond Yb:KGW laser (300 fs, 200 kHz, 515 nm) was used as a light source for non-linear lithography. Fabrication was implemented in various photosensitive polymeric materials, such as: hybrid organic-inorganic sol-gel based on(More)
Possibility to form three-dimensional (3D) micro-structures in silicone elastomer (polydimethylsiloxane; PDMS) doped with different photo-initiators was systematically investigated using direct laser writing with femtosecond laser pulses at different exposure conditions. Accuracy of the 3D structuring with resolution of ~5 μm and a fabrication throughput of(More)
We present direct laser fabrication of three-dimensional (3D) microstructured scaffolds consisting out of a few polymeric materials having different biological properties. Direct laser writing in photo/thermo-sensitive materials using ultra short light pulses of high repetition rate laser provides unmatched flexibility in controllable 3D microstructuring of(More)
We investigate reversible deformations of polymeric microstructures fabricated using direct laser writing three-dimensional lithography upon immersion in various solvents. Swelling and shrinkage of sub-micrometre size features are induced by interaction with surrounding solvent and such deformations can be exploited to create larger structures whose size,(More)
Legislative requirements for the quality of pharmacological agents underwent certain evolution when new type of therapies emerged. This relates to cell based medicines, such as tissue engineered cartilage products (TECP) which are increasingly developed as new modalities for widely prevalent orthopaedic disorders. Although quality measures for TECP are(More)
We present a novel hybrid glass-polymer micromechanical sensor by combining two femtosecond laser direct writing processes: laser illumination followed by chemical etching of glass and two-photon polymerization. This incorporation of techniques demonstrates the capability of combining mechanical deformable devices made of silica with an integrated polymer(More)
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