Medical devices are important diagnosis and therapy tools for several diseases
which include a wide range of products. Technological advances in this area have been
proposed to reduce adverse complication incidences. New technologies and manufacturing
processes, as well as the development of new materials or medical devices with modified
surface and the use of biodegradable polymeric devices such as a substrate for cell culture in
the field of tissue engineering, have attracted considerable attention in recent years by the
scientific community intended to produce medical devices with superior properties and
morphology. This review article focused on implantable devices, addresses the major
advances in the biomedical field related to the devices manufacture processes such as 3D
printing and hot melting extrusion, and the use of polymer matrices composed of copolymers,
blends, nanocomposites or grafted with antiproliferative drugs for manufacturing and/or
coating the devices surface.
Keywords: Medical devices, manufacturing engineering, surface modification, polymers, tissue engineering,
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