The objective of this work is to design, fabricate, and characterize scaled and unscaled 3D-printed hydrogel lattices with controlled structural and mechanical anisotropy. These 3D-printed hydrogel lattices could be used to create soft structures of desired shape and consistent mechanical properties for potential use as anisotropic tissue mimics. The topics in this report cover design techniques to generate 3D-modeled unit cell lattices using CAD software, fabrication using SLA, and experimental characterization by bench-top mechanical tests (uniaxial compression test).

Document Type

Final Report

Author's School

McKelvey School of Engineering

Author's Department

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Class Name

Mechanical Engineering and Material Sciences Independent Study

Date of Submission