3d printing

A 3-D-printed guide, made of silicone, which serves as a platform for specialized cells that are then 3-D printed on top of it, has been developed by a team at the University of Minnesota. The device that could someday help patients with long-term spinal cord injuries regain some function. The guide would be surgically implanted… Read more

Using a sophisticated, custom-designed 3D printer, regenerative medicine scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have proved that it is feasible to print living tissue structures to replace injured or diseased tissue in patients. The scientists said they printed ear, bone and muscle structures. When implanted in animals, the structures matured into functional tissue and… Read more

Parts produced by some commercial 3D printers are toxic to certain fish embryos, researchers at the University of California, Riverside have found. Their results have raised questions about how to dispose of parts and waste materials from 3D printers. Said William Grover, an assistant professor of bioengineering in the Bourns College of Engineering: “These 3D… Read more

Cornell University researchers have developed a new lightweight and stretchable material with the consistency of memory foam that has potential for use in prosthetic body parts, artificial organs and soft robotics. The foam is unique because it can be formed and has connected pores that allow fluids to be pumped through it. The polymer foam… Read more

Bionanotechnologists from Wageningen University have developed a new, inexpensive way to make microfluidic devices without using costly materials or cleanroom facilities. The technique, which uses a 3D printer and Lego plastic, is called ESCARGOT. The inventors have demonstrated the principle and its possibilities in a short video. How Does It Work? Briefly summarised, a 3D… Read more