NEXT 3D PrinterNEXT-3D is developing the next generation of 3D multifunctional coatings for biomedical applications

NEXT-3D is a RISE innovative research staff exchange network that consists of 4 academic participants and two non-academic participants from Europe and Australia. The research methodology is based on the multidisciplinary and inter-sectorial collaboration among the network participants and focuses into three main themes: Materials, processing and characterisation to produce multifunctional coatings (devices) for maxillofacial and orthopaedic applications using 3D laser printing and sintering. The network participants acquire expertise in materials science and engineering, chemistry, physics, biology and medicine.

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Aim of NEXT- 3D

The main aim is to develop the next generation of multifunctional 3D materials for orthopaedic and dental implants. Multifunctional materials with drug delivery properties and antibacterial properties are desirable by clinicians. Research will be conducted following a multi- and inter-disciplinary research methodology designed to develop innovative biomedical materials using advanced processing technologies (3D laser printing and sintering) with market potential. The proposed research and innovative programme will lead to the advancement of knowledge in the field and to new materials with superior properties.

Vision of NEXT-3D:

Our vision is to promote scientific excellence by exploiting the specific research expertise and infrastructure of the hosts and all participating partners and of the network as a whole in order to advance the research competences of seconded staff and produce innovative   products with market potential. By combining innovative research ideas with advanced processing and characterisation techniques, the network aims to generate new and useful medical devices that will advance healthcare provision as well as biomaterials science in the whole. The focus of research and innovation will be on (a) the exploitation of a number of techniques to modify a surface so that multifunctionality and specifically antimicrobial activity can be gained, (b) the application of advanced processing techniques and characterisation techniques to elucidate structures and relevant mechanisms and (c) the translation of innovative technology into commercially viable niche products.

Research team members