Fast Bioprinting of Human Cartilage Implants

Nose cartilage implant 3d printed on a bioprinter tray from human cells and hydrogel (Picture credits: Cartilage Engineering and Regeneration Group)

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


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, 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...]

Organovo’s First Fully Cellular 3D Bioprinted Liver Tissue

Cross-section of multi-cellular bioprinted human liver tissue

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


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...]

New Hybrid 3D Printer Makes It Possible To Print Implantable Cartilage

Hybrid Printer

The developments of bio-printing are possibly the most fascinating of all 3D printing developments. In the last few years, medical science has used 3D printers to create 3D-photografting technology and we are close to printing actual human organs. 3D printing also found its use in creating custom prostatics that improve the quality of life for a price that can actually be paid. Now there is something new. The scientists at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) have … [Read more...]

One step closer to printing human organs

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If you have heard of term bioprinting than you know that scientists are already capable of creating small samples of human tissue in the lab. The big problem at this point is that before they can make human sized organs, the scientists need to find a way to keep large quantities of the cells alive so they have enough to print entire organs. To convince living cells to grow into things like liver tissue or heart tissue, cells need to get nutrients or else they die. The tissues in our bodies … [Read more...]

Great infographic on bioprinting


Bioprinting is in its early days but the future looks very exciting. Using modified printer cartridges and extracted cells as the basis, bioprinting will make it possible to print full organs and other human parts on demand. Such a possibility will eventually wipe out the need for donor organs, which is a problem today considering the vast amount of patients in need of new organs. This infographic created by PrinterInks (in collaboration with Organovo) shows where bio-printing is headed in … [Read more...]