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 not yet unveil details about its name – will be capable of printing living functional 3D tissue and organ constructional parts. It uses bio-ink as well as bio-paper to make that happen. Vladimir Mironov, professor, the laboratory’s head of research says that according to some reports there are 10 to 14 commercial printers in the world. “We thoroughly examined their capability and design,” he says. “While developing this technical and engineering solution we kept in mind the restrictions of the existing world methods and ways of 3D bioprinting. The fact that we applied for a patent means that our printer has some unique features to it.”
He does not go into detail about what kinds of features, but he claims their printer will have “some undeniable advantages” when compared to Western versions. One of the benefits of his printer is the fact that any version of existing bioprinting technologies can be adopted when working with it. The company has produce a software package as well for 3D modeling purposes.
Whether this is the next big thing in bioprinting technology or not is to be decided by the professionals in the field. In case you’re in Moscow next month and feel like checking out this new machine, then go to this page and find out more about their launch event. Bioprinting is becoming a serious kind of technique, as it’s been used to 3D print working blood vessels as well as vascular networks. In addition, Van Gogh got back his lost ear thanks to bioprinting technology, and there is even a company working on ways to 3D print leather and meat. All in all, it’s an interesting subcategory of 3D printing which will probably be useful for many generations to come.
Image credits: 3D Bioprinting Solutions.