There’s a new ink recently made for 3D printers, it’s called the bio-ink based on two polymers; the organic seaweed and the sacrificial synthetic polymer.
So, let’s continue reading to find out what makes this bio-ink unique from the conventional ink used in 3D printing.
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The sacrificial synthetic polymer is needed for transforming the bio-ink from liquid to solid with higher temperature. The other polymer extracted from seaweed is needed for support.
Dr. Adam Perriman, a researcher at the University of Bristol had to overcome many challenges, in the beginning, to figure out the perfect combination of elements without damaging the cells.
This bio-ink is perfectly suited to act with a retrofitted benchtop 3D printer.
This is the only printer capable of turning the liquid into a gel at 37 degrees Celsius; the perfect temperature to make sure the alignment of complex molecular structure.
Segregate the stem cells into osteoblasts (a chemical capable of secreting bone materials), and chondrocytes found in healthy cartilage (discharges the matrix for cartilage for embedding within).
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3D printing tissue structures took more than a month (five weeks) for completion.
By bringing the cell nutrients in proximity to the synthetic polymer, the latter eventually vanished off the 3D printed structure while leaving the organic stem cells and seaweed polymer behind.
Companies fighting in the field of 3D printing medicinal research:
Helisys Ultimateker, and Organovo.
Currently, this $700 million industry with only $11 mil in medicine has the capacity to reach $8.9 billion within the next 10 years!
Retrofitted Benchtop 3D printer
For preventing carcinogenic cells from affecting the healthy cells, 3D bio-printing ensures improved medicinal tests, a better understanding of cancer, and a greater possibility of cures.
The University of Rostock in Germany, Harvard, and the University of Sydney have been constantly working to repair the human heart using 3D printed cells.
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In the present, there is no software that has the ability to create digital models of fully functioning organs such as the liver and heart. Hence, blueprints of such organs are something we are yet to design.
You can always get 3D printed products through our page on Facebook called 3D Crafters.