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3D Bioprinting: The Future of Healthcare

Posted by healtheo360 on Mar 19, 2016 12:00:56 PM

What is 3D Bioprinting?

 3D bioprinting is the process of generating spatially-controlled cell patterns using 3D printing technology, where cell function and viability are preserved within the printed construct.  The first patent related to this technology was filed in the United States in 2003 and granted in 2006.  3D bioprinting is being applied to regenerative medicine to address the need for tissues and organs suitable for transplantation.  Compared with non-biological printing, 3D bioprinting involves additional complexities, such as the choice of materials, cell types, growth and differentiation factors, and technical challenges related to the sensitivities of living cells and the construction of tissues.  Addressing these complexities requires the integration of technologies from the fields of engineering, biomaterials science, cell biology, physics, and medicine.  3D bioprinting has already been used for the generation and transplantation of several tissues, including multilayered skin, bone, vascular grafts, tracheal splints, heart tissue and cartilaginous structures.  Other applications include developing high-throughput 3D-bioprinted tissue models for research, drug discovery and toxicology.

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Organ Printing: The Future of 3D Printing

Posted by healtheo360 on Feb 17, 2016 3:52:17 PM

What Is 3D Printing?

 3D printing involves various processes to yield a three-dimensional object.  Alternate layers of material are formed with the control of a computer to create a desired object.  The object can be almost any shape and is usually produced based on a 3D model.  The printer itself is a type of industrial robot.  The original sense of the term 3D printing refers to laying down successive layers of material onto a powder bed with inkjet printer heads.  More recently, the definition of the term has expanded to include a variety of techniques.

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