A SMART Map for 3D Printing in the Biomedical Field

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The SMART Map is a tool that helps businesses address issues of social and environmental responsibility they face in their innovation processes.
It is based on the Responsible Research Innovation (RRI) approach promoted by the European Commission and it provides different stakeholders with practical suggestions on how to promote these principles.

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Is developing 3D bioink for all cell types & all printing techniques achievable?

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Is developing 3D bioink for all cell types & all printing techniques achievable?

The concept of developing a bioink that can be used for all cell types and all printing techniques is at best unrealistic and at worst impossible.  What is much more achievable and also more desirable is a modifiable, modular system. A base material in which mechanical properties can be easily adapted for the chosen additive method and then formulated for each specific cell type or multiple cell types involved in the end application. Continue reading “Is developing 3D bioink for all cell types & all printing techniques achievable?”

Portable 3D skin printer to heal deep wounds, developed by University of Toronto researchers

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Portable 3D skin printer to heal deep wounds, developed by University of Toronto researchers

University of Toronto researchers have developed a handheld 3D skin printer that deposits even layers of skin tissue to cover and heal deep wounds. The team believes it to be the first device that forms tissue in situ, depositing and setting in place, within two minutes or less.

The research, led by PhD student Navid Hakimi under the supervision of Associate Professor Axel Guenther of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, and in collaboration with Dr. Marc Jeschke, director of the Ross Tilley Burn Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital and professor of immunology at the Faculty of Medicine, was recently published in the journal Lab on a Chip.

For patients with deep skin wounds, all three skin layers – the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis – may be heavily damaged. The current preferred treatment is called split-thickness skin grafting, where healthy donor skin is grafted onto the surface epidermis and part of the underlying dermis. Continue reading “Portable 3D skin printer to heal deep wounds, developed by University of Toronto researchers”

Carnegie Mellon University researchers develop low-cost open-source 3D bioprinter (Video)

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Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a low-cost 3D bioprinter by modifying a standard desktop 3-D printer, and they have released the breakthrough designs as open source so that anyone can build their own system. The researchers—Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) and Biomedical Engineering (BME) Associate Professor Adam Feinberg, BME postdoctoral fellow TJ Hinton, and Kira Pusch, a recent graduate of the MSE undergraduate program—recently published a paper in the journal HardwareX that contains complete instructions for printing and installing the syringe-based, large volume extruder (LVE) to modify any typical, commercial plastic printer.

“What we’ve created,” says Pusch, “is a large volume syringe pump extruder that works with almost any open source fused deposition modeling (FDM) printer. This means that it’s an inexpensive and relatively easy adaptation for people who use 3-D printers.” Continue reading “Carnegie Mellon University researchers develop low-cost open-source 3D bioprinter (Video)”

Johnson & Johnson to open 3D bioprinting lab at Trinity College Dublin

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AMBER, the Science Foundation Ireland-funded materials science institute headquartered at Trinity, today announced a new strategic collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. to establish a collaborative laboratory focused on 3D bioprinting.

Research projects will focus initially in orthopaedics and, in the long-term, offer its internal scientific experts as adjunct professors and engage in staff exchanges. The new Global Centre of Excellence for 3D bioprinting will transform healthcare delivery for patients and consumers. It is due to be operational by the end of 2018.

The announcement was welcomed by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, who said: “Because of the fantastic success of the SFI Research Centre, AMBER, Ireland has a worldwide reputation for excellence in 3D bioprinting and is a global leader in materials science. I am delighted to welcome this new collaboration and look forward to its success moving forward.” Continue reading “Johnson & Johnson to open 3D bioprinting lab at Trinity College Dublin”

Brasil researchers to test 3D bioprinting in agriculture

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Brasil researchers to test 3D bioprinting in agriculture

Imitating nature in laboratories and manufacturing leaves, seeds, and even more complex structures of plants, animals or microorganisms could soon become a reality at Embrapa Genetic Resources and Biotechnology’s Laboratory of Nanobiotechnology (LNANO), in Brasília, DF, Brazil. The recent approval of a project, as well as other related activities, will enable researchers to test biological activities in three-dimensional environments, that is, closer to reality.

The project leader, the Embrapa researcher Luciano Paolino da Silva explains that the  technique used is called 3D bioprinting, a variant of 3D printing, a method to manufacture solid objects from a digital file containing spatial information and dimensional coordinates. The team intends to use the 3D bioprinting technology to create valid models and to test nanomaterials produced from biomolecules obtained from agricultural and forestry industry waste.  Continue reading “Brasil researchers to test 3D bioprinting in agriculture”

Biofabrication of hard and soft matrix for bone tissue regeneration – Presented by Tobias Zehnder, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

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Biofabrication of hard and soft matrix for bone tissue regeneration – Presented by Tobias Zehnder, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Institute of Biomaterials at the 3D Bioprinting Conference which takes place on Jan 31, 2017 at MECC Maastricht in The Netherlands. Continue reading “Biofabrication of hard and soft matrix for bone tissue regeneration – Presented by Tobias Zehnder, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg”