WATCH: Scientists unveil new rapid 3D organ printing method which is 10-50 times faster than current techniques
Added 03-06-21 12:37:02pm EST - “Researchers at the University at Buffalo have unveiled their novel 3D printing method with an incredible video showcasing what could soon be the future of rapid, artificial organ manufacture.” - Rt.com
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The research team’s incredible seven-second video, which is sped-up from 19 minutes, showcasing the printing of a hand, which would take a whopping six hours to create using conventional 3D printing methods.
“The technology we've developed is 10-50 times faster than the industry standard, and it works with large sample sizes that have been very difficult to achieve previously,” says the study's co-lead author Ruogang Zhao, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical engineering.
The technique is called stereolithography and makes use of hydrogels, a jelly-like substance which is used to manufacture diapers, contact lenses and, most importantly, scaffolds in tissue engineering.
The University at Buffalo team achieved centimeter-sized hydrogel models which, in turn, reduced the deformation of structures sometimes experienced in other 3D printing methodologies.
According to co-lead author, Chi Zhou, the team’s method would be ideal for printing cells with embedded blood vessel networks, a daunting prospect even now, but perhaps in the near future a more commonplace medical technology.
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