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Layer by Layer: 3D Bioprinting on the Rise

Layer by Layer: 3D Bioprinting on the Rise

Written by David

December 2, 2018

Technologies for 3D bioprinting are already being used to fabricate relatively simple artificial tissues and structures such as cartilage, skin, and bone, as well as blood vessels and cardiac patches. (This image depicts a 3D bioprinted vertebra in a petri dish.) As 3D bioprinting technology matures, it may be used to fabricate complex organs such as retina, liver, and lungs. [Dr_Microbe / Getty Images] The ability to design three-dimensional (3D) models and prototypes has enabled advancements in many industries. 3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, is the process of creating a 3D model by laying down successive layers of material that build upon each other. When the “ink”—plastics, polymers, metal alloys, or other substances—is infused with living cells, the process is referred to as 3D bioprinting. Both 3D printing and 3D bioprinting are increasingly being used to advance healthcare. According to a recent report, Global Bioprinting Market: Focus on […]

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