1. Highly printable hydrogel for bioprinting
This novel hydrogel developed by the centre's researchers has two distinct features: high printability and high mechanical strength. By using the new hydrogel as bio-ink in this invention, complex biological structure for biomedical applications can be designed and printed.
2. Shape memory polymer for SLA process
A photo-sensitive polymer resin that exhibits shape memory properties suitable for 3D printing via UV curing has been developed. The shape memory polymer (SMP) displays robust shape recovery over multiple cycles that meets industrial needs.
3. Soft bioelectrode: redefining healthcare and biomedical innovation
A freestanding and flexible hydrogel based platform is created, which can be used to study tissue-electronic interactions and also be used as regenerative template. The soft platform with embedded electronics serves to carry out functions like providing electric field, heat etc. 3D bioprinting route is employed to fabricate the platform, allowing for good spacial resolution and control.
4. Geopolymer concrete printing
The 3D printable geopolymer cement is a novel technology developed by SC3DP. The technology uses industry by-products such as fly ash, slag, silica fume etc. The motivation behind using different by-products rather than ordinary Portland cement is to provide sustainable, faster and more economical urban infrastructure. It is proven that this technology is able to meet the strength requirements for various non-structural applications, reduces material wastages and construction time.
5. Method of embedding carbon nanomaterial onto polymeric powders for additive manufacturing
A method is proposed to produce carbon nanomaterial-reinforced polymeric composites in a powder form, which are applicable in powder-based AM techniques. The formulations and compositions of composite powders are tunable and controllable during manufacturing.
6. Novel titanium based alloy for better orthopaedic implants
Titanium-Tantalum (TiTa) is a potential material for biomedical applications due to its high strength to modulus ratio. However, it is still not widely used due to the difficulties in obtaining this alloy. SLM is chosen as the method to form this alloy due to its versatility in processing metallic materials and good results obtained from commercially pure titanium (cpTi) and Ti6Al4V.