Whenever there is a hurdle on 3D bioprinting, it only takes a few months to overcome it and, although fully functional and complex 3D printed organs may realistically be as far away as two or more decades, technological evolution is moving so fast that even that paradigm may be questioned. And the new BioAssemblyBot (BAB) launched by Kentucky-based Advanced Solutions intends to do just that, by 3D printing a functioning human heart.
Only last week, I attended a course on 3D bioprinting in Utrecht. I found it interesting that some of the recent discoveries we had written about on 3DPI in the past few months – such as the Harvard Lewis Lab technique for capillarization – were already considered a consolidated base to build on for future application. While there, I spoke with professor Lorenzo Moroni, from Maastricht University, about the fact that full organ fabrication would need multiple multi-axis robotic arms working together to assemble the 3D structures. … (Read more)