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Self-curvature to become next step for 3D bioprinted corneas | 3D Printing Today - 3D Printing News and 3D Printing Trends
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Self-curvature to become next step for 3D bioprinted corneas

Written by David

February 12, 2019

In 2018 Newcastle University researchers made headlines after 3D bioprinting viable human corneas . Though years from transplantation, the development is a significant step forward for the field, and demonstrates real potential for combating transplant shortage. Now, another team from the same university have come up with the foundations for the next stage of 3D bioprinted corneas. Published in a paper for Advanced Functional Materials this latest advancement describes the potential of self-curving, “4D” corneas. Origami corneas The new research, also from Newcastle University’s Institute of Genetic Medicine , has been conducted by Martina Miotto, Ricardo M. Gouveia, Ana M. Ionescu, Francisco Figueiredo, Ian W. Hamley, and Che J. Connon. Rather than a strictly 4D bioprinting approach, i.e. with the use of a bioprinter, instead the paper outlines the way certain materials can be combined in order to contract and transform. As Miotto explains , “My colleagues and I […]

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