BioInks the Lynchpin of 3D Bioprinting: Challenges and Opportunities – Presented by Prasad Shastri, University of Freiburg

Prasad Shastri

BioInks the Lynchpin of 3D Bioprinting: Challenges and Opportunities – Presented by Prasad Shastri, University of Freiburg, at the 3D Medical Conference, which takes place on January 30-31, 2019, at MECC Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Success begets success. This adage is highly relevant for the field of 3D bioprinting today. While the 3D bioprinting as a field has seen explosive growth in the past 5 years, with impressive developments in hardware, the absence of notable translational successes is a clear area of concern. Just as the development of affordable inks drove the adoption of color printers in every household, bioinks are expected to be the lynchpin of 3D bioprinting.

Currently, the bioink segment is largely dominated by methacrylated gelatin (GelMa), alginate and combinations thereof. While these biomaterials are adequate for bioprinting in the laboratory, their translational potential is limited. Continue reading “BioInks the Lynchpin of 3D Bioprinting: Challenges and Opportunities – Presented by Prasad Shastri, University of Freiburg”

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

3D bioink

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?”

Printing what? Ethical challenges of 3D bioprinting – Presented by Saskia Nagel, University of Twente/ RWTH Aachen

Saskia Nagel

Printing what? Ethical challenges of 3D bioprinting – Presented by Saskia Nagel, University of Twente/ RWTH Aachen, at the 3D Medical Conference 2018 , which will take place on 30-31 January 2018 at MECC Maastricht, The Netherlands.

3D bioprinting opens a fascinating field for research and applications.

The presentation will explore the ethical promises and challenges of 3D medical printing and focus on the key values at stake. It will discuss how existent and emerging technologies can not only radically transform the use of medical devices and products, but also how they challenge our understanding of what is natural, human, and ultimately desirable in health care. The presentation will end with suggesting ways towards morally responsible research and innovation and open questions to explore. Continue reading “Printing what? Ethical challenges of 3D bioprinting – Presented by Saskia Nagel, University of Twente/ RWTH Aachen”

Beyond CBCT: from virtual patients to 3D bioprinting in oral healthcare – Presented by Reinhilde Jacobs, KU Leuven

Reinhilde Jacobs

Beyond CBCT: from virtual patients to 3D bioprinting in oral healthcare – Presented by Reinhilde Jacobs, KU Leuven, at the 3D Medical Conference, which will take place on 30-31 January 2018 at MECC Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Since the introduction of the first dental CBCT in the nineties, the market has been exponentially growing. Indications are wide and not solely limited to the diagnostic aspects of CBCT. Indeed, the inherent 3D datasets may further allow surgical planning and transfer to surgery via 3Dprinting or navigation. Integrated digital patient information may allow virtual treatment planning treatment in 3 or even 4 dimensions. This currently finds applications in orthodontics, periodontal and maxillofacial surgery, tooth autotransplantation and implant placement. This may revolutionize any surgery and implies the printing of viable tissues, allowing to open up an entirely new era. Continue reading “Beyond CBCT: from virtual patients to 3D bioprinting in oral healthcare – Presented by Reinhilde Jacobs, KU Leuven”

3D printing is quickly reshaping the medical device landscape

medical device landscape

3D printing is quickly reshaping the medical device landscape

As news of the latest advancement in experimental 3D printing of tissue and organ regeneration gains attention, it would be easy to believe that 3D printing in the medical field only happens in the lab. However, new equipment and devices are being 3D printed now and in real world settings.

After years of feasibility studies, 3D printing for medical equipment and prostheses is becoming reality.

Reports have continually shown that 3D printed devices are both practical and less expensive than traditional options. For example, a University of South Florida study related to prosthesis molds found that “Owing to the similarity of the 3D printed materials and the traditional materials, the 3D printed molds are easily integrated into current processing procedures.” And a UK study observed that 3D printed sensors added onto a prosthesis could help medical professionals increase comfort levels for the prosthesis wearer. In addition to better comfort, these sensors improved overall patient care. Continue reading “3D printing is quickly reshaping the medical device landscape”

Brasil researchers to test 3D bioprinting in agriculture

agriculture

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”

German students hack Ultimaker 2+3D Printer and develop special 3D printable bio-ink

3D printable bio-ink

German students hack Ultimaker 2+3D Printer and develop special 3D printable bio-ink.Students from the Technical University of Munich have hacked an Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer and developed a special 3D printable bio-ink called “biotINK.” The students have entered their project into the iGEM challenge, an annual biology contest. Continue reading “German students hack Ultimaker 2+3D Printer and develop special 3D printable bio-ink”

Moroni Lab – Largest European 3D bioprinting program launched by Maastricht University, Brightlands Materials Center

3D bioprinting program

Moroni Lab – Largest European 3D bioprinting program launched by Maastricht University, Brightlands Materials Center. It looks like Maastricht University is rapidly becoming one of Europe’s key centers for medical 3D printing efforts. Just this month, they spearheaded the new €4.6 million PRosPERoS project for 3D printed joint implant development, while researchers from Maastricht’s Moroni lab pioneered 3D bioprinted scaffolds that control stem cell differentiation. Continue reading “Moroni Lab – Largest European 3D bioprinting program launched by Maastricht University, Brightlands Materials Center”