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The future of bioprinting: A new frontier in regenerative healthcare

The future of bioprinting: A new frontier in regenerative healthcare

Written by David

June 13, 2019

Harvesting stem cells from a transplant recipient and printing them into a replacement organ could help bypass complications associated with organ transplant. Credit: Shutterstock Unlike a traditional 2D printer, which prints on a flat surface, 3D printers add another dimension – depth. Known as additive manufacturing, 3D printings distributes different materials up and down, left and right, back and forward, to print an item later by layer. Bioprinting refers to 3D printers which deposit layers of biomaterial to build complex bodily structures like skin, bones and even corneas. The requisite cells are taken from a patient – or, if this isn’t possible, adult stem cells can be used – and cultivated into a bioink to ‘print’ an organic object. These are typically held together through some sort of dissolvable gel or collagen scaffold which can support the cells and mould them into the correct shape. Printing body parts may […]

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