Computationally designed 3D printed self-expandable polymer stents with biodegradation capacity for minimally invasive heart valve implantation : A proof-of-concept study

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Cabrera, M.S., Sanders, B., Goor, O.J.G.M., Driessen-Mol, A., Oomens, C.W.J. & Baaijens, F.P.T. (2017). Computationally designed 3D printed self-expandable polymer stents with biodegradation capacity for minimally invasive heart valve implantation : A proof-of-concept study. 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, 4(1), 19-29. In Scopus Cited 0 times.

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The evolution of minimally invasive implantation procedures and the in vivo remodeling potential of decellularized tissue-engineered heart valves require stents with growth capacity to make these techniques available for pediatric patients. By means of computational tools and 3D printing technology, this proof-of-concept study demonstrates the design and manufacture of a polymer stent with a mechanical performance comparable to that of conventional nitinol stents used for heart valve implantation in animal trials. A commercially available 3D printing polymer was selected, and crush and crimping tests were conducted to validate the results predicted by the computational model. Finally, the degradability of the polymer was assessed via accelerated hydrolysis.