Cartilage Made Easy with Novel Hybrid Printer

November 27, 2012

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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