3d bioprinting

3D Bioprinting: Comparing Lattice Scaffolds with Traditional Rectangular Sheets

3D Bioprinting: Comparing Lattice Scaffolds with Traditional Rectangular Sheets

Bioprinting is not a simple endeavor – if it were, we would likely be transplanting 3D printed organs by now. It’s a delicate process that requires a number of factors to be in place, including bioinks that are both printable and biocompatible, and proper scaffolds. In a paper entitled “A Comparative Study of a 3D […]

Bioprinting is not a simple endeavor – if it were, we would likely be transplanting 3D printed organs by now. It’s a delicate process that requires a number of factors to be in place, including bioinks that are both printable and biocompatible, and proper...
PetriPrinter: Open Source Software Designed Specifically for Bioprinting

PetriPrinter: Open Source Software Designed Specifically for Bioprinting

Bioprinting is a growing, exciting field, with advancements being made toward the treatment of diseases and the eventual 3D printing of organs. Bioprinters are becoming more sophisticated and capable, but what about the software that is used with those 3D printers? In a paper entitled “Software tools for cell culture-related 3D printed structures,”  a group […]

Bioprinting is a growing, exciting field, with advancements being made toward the treatment of diseases and the eventual 3D printing of organs. Bioprinters are becoming more sophisticated and capable, but what about the software that is used with those 3D printers? In...
3D Bioprinting Makes Progress as Lab-Grown Bladder Helps Young Man to Lead a Normal Life

3D Bioprinting Makes Progress as Lab-Grown Bladder Helps Young Man to Lead a Normal Life

Luke Massella was born with spina bifida, a condition that left a gap in his spine. By the age of 10, he had undergone a dozen surgeries and, contrary to doctors’ expectations, was able to walk. But then his bladder malfunctioned, causing his kidneys to fail. “I was kind of facing the possibility I might […]

Luke Massella was born with spina bifida, a condition that left a gap in his spine. By the age of 10, he had undergone a dozen surgeries and, contrary to doctors’ expectations, was able to walk. But then his bladder malfunctioned, causing his kidneys to fail....
Comparing Rectangular and Lattice Structures in 3D Printing Bioinks

Comparing Rectangular and Lattice Structures in 3D Printing Bioinks

In 3D bioprinting, scientists and researchers use bioinks for material, which are loaded with cells to 3D print biological structures; once printed, secondary crosslinking mechanisms come into play to retain the shape’s structural fidelity. These bioinks can facilitate cell adhesion, proliferation, and differentiation, and also exhibit all the characteristics of an extracellular matrix environment – making it possible to create […]

In 3D bioprinting, scientists and researchers use bioinks for material, which are loaded with cells to 3D print biological structures; once printed, secondary crosslinking mechanisms come into play to retain the shape’s structural fidelity. These bioinks can...
Exclusive: 3D Printed Cardiac Patch Shows Promise for Healing Damaged Hearts

Exclusive: 3D Printed Cardiac Patch Shows Promise for Healing Damaged Hearts

After a person suffers a heart attack, they lose about half the cells in their heart, greatly weakening the organ and increasing the odds that further attacks will occur. Doctors have begun injecting cells into the heart to grow into muscle and help contractions, but 99% of those cells get washed away. But there are […]

After a person suffers a heart attack, they lose about half the cells in their heart, greatly weakening the organ and increasing the odds that further attacks will occur. Doctors have begun injecting cells into the heart to grow into muscle and help contractions, but...
3D Printing News Briefs: August 24, 2018

3D Printing News Briefs: August 24, 2018

We’re sharing some business news in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, followed by some interesting research and a cool 3D printed statue. Meld was listed as a finalist in the R&D 100 Awards, and Renishaw has introduced 3D printed versions to its styli range, while there’s an ongoing Digital Construction Grant competition happening in the […]

We’re sharing some business news in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, followed by some interesting research and a cool 3D printed statue. Meld was listed as a finalist in the R&D 100 Awards, and Renishaw has introduced 3D printed versions to its styli...
Breakthrough 3D Printed Neural Scaffold Could Help Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries Regain Some Functions

Breakthrough 3D Printed Neural Scaffold Could Help Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries Regain Some Functions

Right now, 285,000 people in the US suffer from spinal cord injuries, with roughly 17,000 new injuries each year. 3D printed spinal implants have been shown to help patients recover more easily, and a team of engineers and medical researchers from the University of Minnesota (UMN) have spent the last two years developing an innovative new 3D printed […]

Right now, 285,000 people in the US suffer from spinal cord injuries, with roughly 17,000 new injuries each year. 3D printed spinal implants have been shown to help patients recover more easily, and a team of engineers and medical researchers from the University of...
Crocodile Cartilage and Human Stem Cells Used to 3D Print Joint Cartilage

Crocodile Cartilage and Human Stem Cells Used to 3D Print Joint Cartilage

Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure, where the cartilage of a person’s damaged joint is examined and treated with an arthroscope – an endoscope inserted into the damaged joint through a small incision. But just because it’s minimally invasive doesn’t mean that it’s not still painful, with a potentially long recovery time. But now, a microbiologist […]

Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure, where the cartilage of a person’s damaged joint is examined and treated with an arthroscope – an endoscope inserted into the damaged joint through a small incision. But just because it’s...
Promising New Bioprinting Ink Formulated from Alginate and Cellulose Nanocrystals

Promising New Bioprinting Ink Formulated from Alginate and Cellulose Nanocrystals

3D bioprinting is an exciting subject – and a highly complex one. Organs don’t just materialize out of a 3D printer; there’s a long process that must be undertaken. In order to 3D print biological tissue, the correct kinds of ink must be used. These inks must be of a viscosity that can be extruded […]

3D bioprinting is an exciting subject – and a highly complex one. Organs don’t just materialize out of a 3D printer; there’s a long process that must be undertaken. In order to 3D print biological tissue, the correct kinds of ink must be used. These...
Researchers Build Inexpensive Open Source Bioprinter for 3D Printing Branching, Hydrogel-Based Vascular Constructs

Researchers Build Inexpensive Open Source Bioprinter for 3D Printing Branching, Hydrogel-Based Vascular Constructs

While 3D bioprinting is not yet able to fabricate full human organs just yet, it can be used to manufacture several different kinds of human tissue, such as heart and bile duct. One of the main barriers of forming viable tissues for clinical and scientific use is the development of vasculature for engineered tissue constructs, […]

While 3D bioprinting is not yet able to fabricate full human organs just yet, it can be used to manufacture several different kinds of human tissue, such as heart and bile duct. One of the main barriers of forming viable tissues for clinical and scientific use is the...
Allevi and Made In Space Partner Up for New Initiative: 3D Bioprinting in Outer Space

Allevi and Made In Space Partner Up for New Initiative: 3D Bioprinting in Outer Space

3D bioprinting company Allevi, formerly known as BioBots, is on a mission to make it easier for scientists and researchers to design and engineer 3D tissues. The company, which was founded four years ago, develops 3D bioprinters, software, and bioinks for the purposes of solving the most difficult biomedical problems that plague our world, such as disease and […]

3D bioprinting company Allevi, formerly known as BioBots, is on a mission to make it easier for scientists and researchers to design and engineer 3D tissues. The company, which was founded four years ago, develops 3D bioprinters, software, and bioinks for the purposes...
3D Bioprinting: What Can it Do Right Now?

3D Bioprinting: What Can it Do Right Now?

3D bioprinting is a hot term right now, but many people aren’t sure exactly what it’s all about. Bring up bioprinting to someone who is only marginally familiar with it, and their response is likely to be, “Oh, that’s where they’re trying to print organs and stuff, right?” Well…yes, that is one of the ultimate […]

3D bioprinting is a hot term right now, but many people aren’t sure exactly what it’s all about. Bring up bioprinting to someone who is only marginally familiar with it, and their response is likely to be, “Oh, that’s where they’re trying...
3D Printing and Electrospinning PCL for Dressings and Wound Repair

3D Printing and Electrospinning PCL for Dressings and Wound Repair

When the body is functioning as it should, wounds repair themselves naturally. Sometimes, however, wounds do not heal, due to conditions such as diabetes or other chronic diseases. This puts the patient at risk of infection and other complications, at worst even requiring amputation. Chronic wounds affect 37 million patients around the world, and there […]

When the body is functioning as it should, wounds repair themselves naturally. Sometimes, however, wounds do not heal, due to conditions such as diabetes or other chronic diseases. This puts the patient at risk of infection and other complications, at worst even...
Use of Simulation to Evaluate How Well 3D Printing Bioinks Work

Use of Simulation to Evaluate How Well 3D Printing Bioinks Work

Plenty of research has been completed regarding the different materials we use to create biomedical parts. Many innovative bioinks – biomaterials loaded with cells to 3D print biological structures – have been developed for 3D bioprinting purposes, from materials like stem cells, gelatin hydrogels, and even sugarcane waste. 3D bioprinting itself is changing the field of […]

Plenty of research has been completed regarding the different materials we use to create biomedical parts. Many innovative bioinks – biomaterials loaded with cells to 3D print biological structures – have been developed for 3D bioprinting purposes, from...
Student Uses 3D Printing to Develop Vocal Prosthetic

Student Uses 3D Printing to Develop Vocal Prosthetic

Cancer of the larynx is treatable, but it sometimes requires removing the larynx altogether, leaving the patient unable to speak. There are, however, vocal prostheses that can be implanted to restore the patient’s speech. Unfortunately, these prostheses are expensive and tend to need frequent replacement. So South Ural State University student Nikita Dubrovsky is working […]

Cancer of the larynx is treatable, but it sometimes requires removing the larynx altogether, leaving the patient unable to speak. There are, however, vocal prostheses that can be implanted to restore the patient’s speech. Unfortunately, these prostheses are...
Indiana University and Lung Biotechnology Partner to Advance 3D Printing of Organs

Indiana University and Lung Biotechnology Partner to Advance 3D Printing of Organs

One of the reasons why I really enjoy writing about 3D printing is because it is a fabulous mix of the fun and the important. The stories we cover can be anything from the enjoyable experience of standing before a giant 3D printed skeleton to the very serious nature of fabricating necessary objects on a […]

One of the reasons why I really enjoy writing about 3D printing is because it is a fabulous mix of the fun and the important. The stories we cover can be anything from the enjoyable experience of standing before a giant 3D printed skeleton to the very serious nature...
Zero Gravity Bioprinter is Ready for Delivery to the International Space Station

Zero Gravity Bioprinter is Ready for Delivery to the International Space Station

An amazing thing happened two years ago, when Techshot and nScrypt worked together to 3D print a human heart – in zero gravity. Not a working heart, yet, but the two companies were the first to 3D print cardiac and vascular structures in zero gravity using adult human stem cells. Why would they do such a […]

An amazing thing happened two years ago, when Techshot and nScrypt worked together to 3D print a human heart – in zero gravity. Not a working heart, yet, but the two companies were the first to 3D print cardiac and vascular structures in zero gravity using adult...
3D Bioprinting Research Could Result in Replacement Cartilage for Curing Arthritis

3D Bioprinting Research Could Result in Replacement Cartilage for Curing Arthritis

One out of ten people will suffer from arthritis in their lifetime. Arthritis is caused by the breakdown of the cartilage tissue in a person’s joints. This breakdown leads to swelling, stiffness, discomfort, and pain. Increasingly, researchers have been looking into bioprinting to 3D print replacement cartilage using patients’ own stem cells in order to […]

One out of ten people will suffer from arthritis in their lifetime. Arthritis is caused by the breakdown of the cartilage tissue in a person’s joints. This breakdown leads to swelling, stiffness, discomfort, and pain. Increasingly, researchers have been looking...
3D Printing with Magnets in Microgravity

3D Printing with Magnets in Microgravity

While methods of 3D bioprinting vary, most of them have one thing in common – they print cells layer by layer into a desired shape, which is then transferred to an incubator where it further grows and develops. Alternative methods exist, however, that involve the manipulation of the cell material by magnetic fields. The cells […]

While methods of 3D bioprinting vary, most of them have one thing in common – they print cells layer by layer into a desired shape, which is then transferred to an incubator where it further grows and develops. Alternative methods exist, however, that involve...
BIOLIFE4D Successfully 3D Prints Human Heart Tissue Ahead of Schedule

BIOLIFE4D Successfully 3D Prints Human Heart Tissue Ahead of Schedule

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, refers to a variety of different problems that affect that heart, many of which are connected to atherosclerosis, a condition in which plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries making it difficult for the heart to pump blood as needed. […]

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, refers to a variety of different problems that affect that heart, many of which are connected to atherosclerosis, a condition in which plaque builds up in the walls of...
Prellis Biologics Reaches Record Speed and Resolution in Viable 3D Printed Human Tissue

Prellis Biologics Reaches Record Speed and Resolution in Viable 3D Printed Human Tissue

Last year, startup Prellis Biologics made a big announcement: it had successfully 3D printed blood vessels, creating scaffolding that contained microvascular structures. The company is one of a growing list of organizations aiming for the goal of 3D printing transplantable, viable human organs, and it has now announced that it has gotten a step closer: it […]

Last year, startup Prellis Biologics made a big announcement: it had successfully 3D printed blood vessels, creating scaffolding that contained microvascular structures. The company is one of a growing list of organizations aiming for the goal of 3D printing...
Researchers 3D Print Tissue That Mimics Human Bile Duct

Researchers 3D Print Tissue That Mimics Human Bile Duct

A bile duct plays a crucial role in the body, carrying bile from the liver to the intestine to facilitate digestion. Cancer of the bile duct has an alarmingly low survival rate, and treatment requires that the disease be caught early enough for the affected part of the bile duct to be removed. But there’s […]

A bile duct plays a crucial role in the body, carrying bile from the liver to the intestine to facilitate digestion. Cancer of the bile duct has an alarmingly low survival rate, and treatment requires that the disease be caught early enough for the affected part of...
Novel 3D Bioprinting Technique Offers Hope for Degenerative Diseases

Novel 3D Bioprinting Technique Offers Hope for Degenerative Diseases

So many conditions can affect people as they age, and when we think of degenerative diseases, we often think of bone-related conditions like osteoporosis and arthritis, or neurological disorders like Parkinson’s. But degenerative conditions of the muscles and tendons are just as debilitating. As the aging population grows, treatments for these types of diseases are […]

So many conditions can affect people as they age, and when we think of degenerative diseases, we often think of bone-related conditions like osteoporosis and arthritis, or neurological disorders like Parkinson’s. But degenerative conditions of the muscles and...
Collaborative Project Focuses on Development of Advanced Materials for 3D Printing and 4D Printing

Collaborative Project Focuses on Development of Advanced Materials for 3D Printing and 4D Printing

Brightlands Materials Center is a research and development center focused on polymeric materials, or plastics. Plastic isn’t exactly what most people think of when imagining a sustainable future, but Brightlands is dedicated to promoting the responsible use of polymeric materials as it develops advanced applications. The center has three major areas of focus: Lightweight Automotive, Sustainable […]

Brightlands Materials Center is a research and development center focused on polymeric materials, or plastics. Plastic isn’t exactly what most people think of when imagining a sustainable future, but Brightlands is dedicated to promoting the responsible use of...
Collaborative Research Team Develops Bioresin for DLP 3D Printing for Synthesizing Tissue

Collaborative Research Team Develops Bioresin for DLP 3D Printing for Synthesizing Tissue

In typical biofabrication and 3D bioprinting methods, layers of cell-laden hydrogel structures called bioinks are extruded to build functioning biological tissues. But using bioresins laden with cells, instead of bioinks, for lithography bioprinting methods, like digital light processing (DLP) and stereolithography (SLA), can be used to create patterns that are even more intricate than those possible with extrusion-based […]

In typical biofabrication and 3D bioprinting methods, layers of cell-laden hydrogel structures called bioinks are extruded to build functioning biological tissues. But using bioresins laden with cells, instead of bioinks, for lithography bioprinting methods, like...
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