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

3D bioprinter

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)”

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)”

Danny Cabrera, BioBots, Presents: “Standard Tools for Biology”

Biology is the most sophisticated manufacturing technology that we know of. If we could control life, we could cure disease, eliminate the organ waiting list, revert climate change and push life to other planets. However, our ability to engineer living systems has been restricted by the lack of standard tools that exist for manipulating biology. BioBots has addressed this need by creating a standard suite of digital biofabrication tools. Together with our partners and clients, we are blending biology with robotics and reimagining the modern laboratory, pushing the human race forward. Continue reading “Danny Cabrera, BioBots, Presents: “Standard Tools for Biology””