Advanced Bioinks for 3D Printing: A Materials Science Perspective. Academic Article uri icon


  • Advanced bioinks for 3D printing are rationally designed materials intended to improve the functionality of printed scaffolds outside the traditional paradigm of the "biofabrication window". While the biofabrication window paradigm necessitates compromise between suitability for fabrication and ability to accommodate encapsulated cells, recent developments in advanced bioinks have resulted in improved designs for a range of biofabrication platforms without this tradeoff. This has resulted in a new generation of bioinks with high print fidelity, shear-thinning characteristics, and crosslinked scaffolds with high mechanical strength, high cytocompatibility, and the ability to modulate cellular functions. In this review, we describe some of the promising strategies being pursued to achieve these goals, including multimaterial, interpenetrating network, nanocomposite, and supramolecular bioinks. We also provide an overview of current and emerging trends in advanced bioink synthesis and biofabrication, and evaluate the potential applications of these novel biomaterials to clinical use.

published proceedings

  • Ann Biomed Eng

altmetric score

  • 17.05

author list (cited authors)

  • Chimene, D., Lennox, K. K., Kaunas, R. R., & Gaharwar, A. K.

citation count

  • 459

complete list of authors

  • Chimene, David||Lennox, Kimberly K||Kaunas, Roland R||Gaharwar, Akhilesh K

publication date

  • June 2016