Bio printing

3D bio printing of human tissue has been around since the early two-thousands. Nowadays scientists are in the midst of moving from printing tiny sheets of tissue to entire 3D organs. 3Dprinting.com will keep you informed of the latest developments in the bio printing industry.

First Ever Bioink For Production of Human Cartilage and Seeding of Human Chondrocytes

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In Gothenburg, Sweden, a small start-up lead by two young entrepreneurs (Erik Gatenholm & Ivan Tournier) is taking a revolutionary step in the bioprinting field. The start-up: CELLINK has developed the first universal bioink that has optimal biocompatibility and printing fidelity allowing the printing of complex structure with ease. Their goal is to reduce the time universities and pharmaceutical companies around the world are spending trying to produce realistic human tissue models by … [Read more...]

Engineers 3D Print Celleron to Replicate Complex Tissues

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A biodegradable tissue scaffold called Celleron has been developed by the engineers at Swansea Univeristy In Wales. The biomaterial presented in the forms of a filament derivative and as a liquid biopolymer could be 3D printed to replicate structures of complex tissues. Led by Dr. Dan Thomas in Swansea University, the team of engineers created a 3D Printable Celleron that are built with materials like phospholipids, graphene, collagen, antibiotcs and agarose. According to Dr. Thomas, the … [Read more...]

The World’s First 3D Printed Beating Artificial Heart Cells

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Researchers at the Wake Forest School of Medicine have created 3D Printed beating artificial heart cells called Organoids. The heart cells are created by first genetically modifying adult human skin cells into induced pluripotent stem cells. Then, the induced stem cells are redesigned to create the Organoids. After the Organoids are formed, the spheroids of the Organoids are 3D Printed with a specialized 3D Printer at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Institute for Regenerative … [Read more...]

Fast Bioprinting of Human Cartilage Implants

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At ETH Zürich's Cartilage Engineering and Regeneration laboratory they have made some notable speed advancements in 3D printing of human cartilage which should lead to implantable replacements for trauma victims. Team of researchers led by Professor Marcy Zenobi-Wong's and Matti Kesti developed a process that would enable hospitals to make a full size nose implant under 20 minutes. Any cartilage implant could be produced with nose, ear and knee implants being the ones most used in surgeries … [Read more...]

3D Printer That Could Print Billions of Organic Compounds

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Martin D Burke and his team from the University of Illinois have studied and synthesized small molecules with protein-like structures for quite some time. These molecules are in fact the basis of the human body’s regulation of biological processes and even make up for the majority of drugs taken by us. This week, Sciencemag.org reported that Dr Burke and his team developed a 3d printer for chemicals which could simplify the very complex process of chemical synthesis and the creation … [Read more...]

First Russian Bioprinter to be Unveiled in mid-October

British and American researchers are currently doing marvelous jobs in the field of bioprinting research. Nevertheless, this technique is not one that is solely being used by Western companies and organizations. We just received the news from a Russian company called 3D Bioprinting Solutions that they will present the first bioprinter from Russia next month, during the Open Innovations 2014 forum in Moscow, which will be held on October 14 until 16 2014. This bioprinter - the company does … [Read more...]

U.S. Army Wants to Use Bioprinting to Recover Wounds

When it comes to news about wars, stories are often focussed on the mortality rate. Obviously, this is a very important part of wars and something which needs to be reported of. However, the world sometimes forgets about the wounded soldiers. The number of U.S. soldiers with serious injuries has increased, according to Michael Romanko, an official at the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM) by the Department of Defence. The U.S. army therefore wants to try its luck with … [Read more...]

Interweaving Tissue With Electronics Using 3D Printing Technology

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A research team at Princeton University succeeded in interweaving tissue with electronics using 3D printing technology. The technique allowed the researchers to combine antenna electronics with tissue within the highly complex topology of a human ear. Thus creating a functional ear that can “hear” radio frequencies far beyond the range of normal human capability. The main goal of this research was to discover the possibilities of merging electronics with tissue to create bionic organs and … [Read more...]

Organovo’s First Fully Cellular 3D Bioprinted Liver Tissue

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At the 2013 Experimental Biology conference in Boston, Organovo, a company specialised in bioprinting, presented the first fully cellular 3D bioprinted liver tissue. "We have achieved excellent function in a fully cellular 3D human liver tissue.  With Organovo's 3D bioprinted liver tissues, we have demonstrated the power of bioprinting to create functional human tissue that replicates human biology better than what has come before.  Not only can these tissues be a first step towards larger 3D … [Read more...]

Creating an artificial ear using 3D printing and living-cell gels

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Scientists at the Cornell University have found a method that enables them to grow a new ear within days using a combination of 3D printing and living-cell gels. This new technique could help hundreds of children born with the … syndrome (missing an ear) to give them an ear that looks and feels biologically normal. "This is such a win-win for both medicine and basic science, demonstrating what we can achieve when we work together," said co-lead author Lawrence Bonassar, associate professor of … [Read more...]