In Holland, a country that (along with the enthusiasm for consumer 3D printing) has already been investing heavily in biocompatible 3D printed products for the Health sector, the University of Utrecht (UMC) has announced an extremely ambitious program related to organ and living tissue bioprinting.
Through a 775,000 euro investment, scientists at the Utrecht Science Park will soon be able to fabricate living tissue using special 3D bioprinters at a new Utrecht Biofabrication Facility. Tha facility will be equipped both with an actual BioScaffolder and regular FDM/Stereolithography 3D printers, used to study possible adaptations as bioprinters or for printing with biocompatible materials.
Before we tell you all about how the structure will work (which is quite incredible in and of itself), you should probably watch the video below in which Dr. Wouter Dhert, one of the two faculty representatives for this project (together with Dr. Jos Malda) illustrates in incredibly clear terms how the process of bioprinting bones and cartilages will work. … (Read more)