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2D stacking method could make 3D-printed organs viable

2D stacking method could make 3D-printed organs viable

Written by David

April 22, 2019

The new system uses 3D printing, a robotic arm, and freezing to scale up biomaterial manufacturing In an effort to scale up the manufacture of biomaterials, researchers at UC Berkeley have combined bioprinting, a robotic arm, and flash freezing in a method that may one day allow living tissue, and even whole organs , to be printed on demand. By printing cells into 2D sheets and then freezing them as assembled, the new technique improves cell survival during both building and storage. Biomaterials have a tremendous potential in medicine and improving quality of life in general. By printing out cells like drops of plastic to form complex 3D structures, it opens up the possibility of replacing transplant organs with ones specially printed on demand, using stem cells from the patient to allow for complete tissue compatibility. The problem is that current bioprinting processes are slow and don’t scale up […]

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