Investigation of 3D Printing as a Method of Preventing Biofilm Formation on Catheter Surfaces

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dc.contributor.advisor Dickinson, M en Tremlett, Thomas en 2017-03-21T23:37:37Z en 2016 en
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dc.description.abstract Percutaneous drainage catheters tend to form biofilms on the material surface which leads to infection and catheter blockage. To prevent biofilm formation the influence of substrate wettability on bacterial adhesion is investigated by attempting to 3D print surface topographies on the micro-scale. To make the process suitable for catheter production, a method of printing surface topographies without the assistance of support material was tested. It was found that printing surface topographies without the addition of support materials resulted in different topographies from the intended design. The wettability of the surface was still changed on each sample because the failed 3D printing of grooves produced an increase in surface roughness. Bacterial adhesion was increased with the addition of groove designs because the failed printing resulted in higher roughness. For these reasons, current 3D printing technology cannot produce surfaces capable of preventing biofilm formation using surface topography alone. en
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dc.relation.ispartof Masters Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA99264936912902091 en
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dc.title Investigation of 3D Printing as a Method of Preventing Biofilm Formation on Catheter Surfaces en
dc.type Thesis en Chemical and Materials Engineering en The University of Auckland en Masters en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
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pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-03-22 en

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