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)”
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)”
Most people in 3D printing are driven by a passion that is hard to describe. In the field of bioprinting this passion and enthusiasm can go even further, possibly because the final reward is actually producing functional, replacement tissues and organs. In other words, creating (or extending) life itself. Continue reading “10 Material Revolution 3D Bioprinter from Ourobotics (Video)”
BioBot is a 3D bioprinter that builds living tissues from human cells. Krishna Bahirwani speaks to Danny Cabrera, the brain behind, at TedXGateway.
Where does a user get the human cells to print the living tissue? Continue reading “3D bioprinter that builds living tissues from human cells”
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””
Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) have taken a step closer to meeting this challenge, by developing a 3D printed layered structure incorporating neural cells, that mimics the structure of brain tissue. Continue reading “Australian Researchers Develop 3D-Printed Cellular Brain Structure”
Using a tiny desktop-sized 3D printer researchers have created a method to print gummy scaffolding to assist in regenerating nerve cells that could be used in the human body. The printer looks like a toaster oven with the front and sides removed. Continue reading “3D Bioprinting Could Heal Spinal Injuries”
When it comes to treating burns, we really haven’t progressed very far. Oh, we have ways of at least trying to fight all the problems that surround a burn, like infection and shock, but the burn itself is still mostly up to the best practices of mother nature. Continue reading “The 3D printed living bandage that could revolutionize skin grafts (VIDEO)”