Cartilage Made Easy with Novel Hybrid Printer
The Institute of Physics reports on a novel bioprinting system developed at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine
that was used to print cartilage. Read the Release
The idea behind the study, reported in Biofabrication
, was to print a construct made of gels, which promote cell growth, as well as synthetic materials, which provide strength. To accomplish this, scientists combined an inkjet printer and an electrospinning machine. This was a proof of concept study that illustrates that a combination of materials and fabrication methods generates durable implantable constructs. Other methods of fabrication, such as the robotic 3-D systems, are now in development to further improve the production of implantable tissue constructs.
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