First successful printing of cardiac and vascular structures in zero gravity (Video)

A trio of high-tech companies have teamed up to develop a space hardened 3D bioprinter capable of manufacturing human organs and tissues in orbit. A June 14 test of the consortium’s prototype resulted in the first successful printing of cardiac and vascular structures in zero gravity with adult human stem cells. The experiment was performed 30,000 feet over the Gulf of Mexico aboard a Zero Gravity Corporation aircraft capable of repeatedly producing several seconds of sustained microgravity. Continue reading “First successful printing of cardiac and vascular structures in zero gravity (Video)”

Australian Researchers Use Handheld 3D Printing Pen to Draw New Cells Directly onto Bone

In a landmark proof-of-concept experiment, Australian researchers have used a handheld 3D printing pen to ‘draw’ human stem cells in freeform patterns with extremely high survival rates.

The device, developed out of collaboration between ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) researchers and orthopaedic surgeons at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, is designed to allow surgeons to sculpt customised cartilage implants during surgery. Continue reading “Australian Researchers Use Handheld 3D Printing Pen to Draw New Cells Directly onto Bone”

MIT’s Biologic program attempts to program living organism and create organically reactive material (Video)

bioLogic is growing living actuators and synthesizing responsive bio-skin in the era where bio is the new interface. We are Imagining a world where actuators and sensors can be grown rather than manufactured, being derived from nature as opposed to engineered in factories. Continue reading “MIT’s Biologic program attempts to program living organism and create organically reactive material (Video)”

Researchers Develop 3D Bioprinting Method that Produces Uniform Blocks of Embryonic Stem Cells

When it comes to 3D bioprinting with stem cells the obvious endgame is the ability to produce complex living tissue, such as replacement organs or biological matter. The potential future applications would completely change the world in numerous ways that are difficult to even predict. Transplant organs grown from a patient’s own DNA would be only one of the many uses of complex 3D bioprinted tissue; animal testing could be rendered completely unnecessary, as would the slaughter of animals as a food source. And while we are probably decades away from being able to produce even the simplest of living tissues, researchers and scientists are inching ever closer. Continue reading “Researchers Develop 3D Bioprinting Method that Produces Uniform Blocks of Embryonic Stem Cells”

Miniature Valves Play Significant Role in Viability of 3D Bio-Printing of Human Cells

The rapid development of viable inkjet technology for highly specialised applications, such as printing human cells, continues to generate significant interest. If successful, the realisation of this technology for specialised biological applications, generally known as ‘biofabrication’, has the potential to replace the long established (and often controversial) process of using animals for testing new drugs. However, there are many challenges to overcome to enable the successful production of a valve-based cell printer for the formation of human embryonic stem cell spheroid aggregates. Continue reading “Miniature Valves Play Significant Role in Viability of 3D Bio-Printing of Human Cells”

French Start-up Develops Unique Technology for 4D Laser Bioprinting of Living Tissue

A French start-up has developed unique technology for 4D laser bioprinting of living tissue. This is a promising system for a tissue engineering market worth an estimated 15 billion dollars.

Poietis has pulled off an extraordinary gamble: to design living tissue – cell layer by cell layer – just like printed objects. It has achieved this via a 3D laser printer, which uses cells and biomaterial instead of paper and ink. Continue reading “French Start-up Develops Unique Technology for 4D Laser Bioprinting of Living Tissue”