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”

FFF BioPen Heralds Seaweed Bioprinting Industry

The world is a complex system of biodiversity, individual components interacting, giving and taking from one another. As we begin to truly understand this concept, we can begin to harness the power of living in symbiosis with our environment. Take seaweed, for instance. Researchers at the University of Wollongong (UOW) in Australia have been exploring the use of seaweed in 3D printed medical implants. Continue reading “FFF BioPen Heralds Seaweed Bioprinting Industry”

3D Printing BioPen Allow Surgeons to “Draw” New Bone and Skin Onto Patients

First printable body parts and now, thanks to recent advancements in 3D printing technology, doctors may soon be able to essentially “draw” cells onto patients that will generate new bone, skin, and even muscle tissues.

The BioPen, a pen-like device that will allow surgeons to apply human cells directly onto the site of injury, uses stem cells and growth factors, and could potentially allow surgeons to heal bone and cartilage. Continue reading “3D Printing BioPen Allow Surgeons to “Draw” New Bone and Skin Onto Patients”