We have not yet even come close to fully mastering the possibilities offered by additive manufacturing of plastic and metal components that we are already dreaming of 3D printing entire complex organs. That could change, partly due to Dr. Jos Malda and the new state-of-the-art 3D Bioprinting facility he is constructing at Utrecht University and Research Hospital.
As Michael recently reported, Dr Malda is launching the first Masters in Bioprinting in a project spanning over two continents that is joining together the universities of Utrecht and Wuerzolfsburg in Europe with Sydney Queensland University of Technology and the University of Wollongong in Australia. That is not the only activity he is involved in — adding momentum to the blooming 3D bioprinting industry.
It all begins, especially as far as I am concerned, with the bioprinting course I recently had the opportunity to attend at Utrecht University. The course’s concept was to demonstrate the similarities and points of contact between desktop 3D printing and bioprinting. I participated on Wednesday when the discussion moved on from FDM to real bioprinting possibilities. It begins with regenerative medicines (the science of re-growing cells and organs using primarily various types of cells and stem cells) and continues with using these cellular materials – perhaps mixing them with biocompatible thermoplastics – to assemble tissue structures. This will be done in the new facility that is being built. … (Read more)