A Versatile Photocrosslinkable Silicone Composite for 3D Printing Applications


Alioglu M. A., Yilmaz Y. O., Gerhard E. M., Pal V., Gupta D., Rizvi S. H. A., ...More

Advanced Materials Technologies, vol.9, no.3, 2024 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 9 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/admt.202301858
  • Journal Name: Advanced Materials Technologies
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Applied Science & Technology Source, Compendex, INSPEC
  • Keywords: 3D printing, embedded printing, microfluidics, photocrosslinkable silicone, silicone composites, soft matters
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No

Abstract

Embedded printing has emerged as a valuable tool for fabricating complex structures and microfluidic devices. Currently, an ample of amount of research is going on to develop new materials to advance its capabilities and increase its potential applications. Here, a novel, transparent, printable, photocrosslinkable, and tuneable silicone composite is demonstrated that can be utilized as a support bath or an extrudable ink for embedded printing. Its properties can be tuned to achieve ideal rheological properties, such as optimal self-recovery and yield stress, for use in 3D printing. When used as a support bath, it facilitated the generation microfluidic devices with circular channels of diameter up to 30 µm. To demonstrate its utility, flow focusing microfluidic devices are fabricated for generation of Janus microrods, which can be easily modified for multitude of applications. When used as an extrudable ink, 3D printing of complex-shaped constructs are achieved with integrated electronics, which greatly extends its potential applications toward soft robotics. Further, its biocompatibility is tested with multiple cell types to validate its applicability for tissue engineering. Altogether, this material offers a myriad of potential applications (i.e., soft robotics, microfluidics, bioprinting) by providing a facile approach to develop complicated 3D structures and interconnected channels.