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Creating Vascular Structures Using Low Cost Desktop 3D Printers

Creating Vascular Structures Using Low Cost Desktop 3D Printers

Written by David

December 26, 2018

In a thesis entitled “ Engineering of vascular networks within biocompatible hydrogels using 3D printing technology ,” a PhD student named Juan Liu discusses the need for new technologies in wound healing. While skin flaps and grafts are the “gold standard” in clinical treatment of large skin and subcutaneous tissue defects, there are many complications that can arise from these treatments, and there is also the issue of not having enough skin to be able to harvest to cover particularly large wounds. 3D printing, however, using stem cells, allows for an unlimited amount of tissue to be created to heal large wounds. Using cells from the patient reduces the risk of rejection, as well. In order to create and maintain live tissue, however, vascularization is required, meaning that blood vessels need to be established, which is the tricky part of tissue engineering. Liu hypothesizes that open source desktop 3D […]

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