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Researchers Build 3D Printer That Makes Tissue-Like Material

samzenpus posted 1 year,14 days | from the printing-a-little-guts dept.

Biotech 32

carmendrahl writes "3-D printers don't build only solid objects anymore. They also build liquid objects, thanks to a research team at the University of Oxford. The group custom crafted a 3-D printer to squirt tiny liquid droplets from its nozzles. The 3-D patterned droplets can mimic biological tissues, such as nerve fibers, and may have potential in tissue engineering applications. An expert not involved with the study is cautious about endorsing the tissue engineering applications because they're not yet demonstrated, but praises the team for extending 3-D printing to new classes of materials."

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biological repair system (5, Insightful)

houbou (1097327) | 1 year,14 days | (#43367253)

That will be one of the things I can see this do, to litterally repair any parts, might even be used for plastic surgery as a way to rebuilding a new face

Re:biological repair system (1)

CrimsonKnight13 (1388125) | 1 year,14 days | (#43367335)

An application for life-like automatons (robots) would be another. The gap of the uncanny valley would close significantly.

Re:biological repair system (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#43367383)

Right now some subtractive 3d modeling would be more commercially successful - seamless removing of extra skin surface across large area, without dislocating face features or visible scars.

Re:biological repair system (0)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | 1 year,14 days | (#43367527)

Uh, okay. Since we're speculating on unrelated fields now, it seems (and using commercial success as the only measure of worthiness), a car that runs on horse poop and gets 1000 miles per dump would be even more commercially successful.

Re:biological repair system (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#43368639)

Yes, but 3D printing. See how I don't even need to analyze the problem or provide evidence? 3D printing will solve every problem ever, and it's the future.

Re:biological repair system (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#43367697)

Actually, this will be able to produce tissues to wipe the tears from our eyes when we see the price of these 3D printers.

Prior Art was:biological repair system (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#43370393)

Please post comments in this thread about all the great ideas you have concerning the use of 3-D printing technology for biological repair. I would hate for all the good stuff to get patented and priced out of reach for the first 100 years or so (in the USA anyway)

I don't know the best way to phrase it, but I can conceive of a machine that could be threaded through an artery and used to "priint out" new structures for certain heart defects.

Imagine this! (3, Interesting)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | 1 year,14 days | (#43367319)

Imagine building building out a structure about 2 inches in diameter and about a foot or two in length. It is made up of buckyballs, made of rubber walls. Inside of the balls are filled with a magnetized fluid, some kind of polymer that reacts to magnetic field. When an electric field is applied all these polymers curl up tight and become small in volume. when it is removed they will allow themselves to be stretched out. That would be the artificial muscle, with ability to pull in and allow itself to be stretched out.

Re:Imagine this! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#43367387)

Wouldn't be cool if they went too close to any metallic object though...

Re:Imagine this! (0)

Farmer Tim (530755) | 1 year,14 days | (#43367485)

Haven't you learned anything from sci-fi? Always build any robot with a critical design flaw so there's a way of defeating them when they turn against their squishy masters.

where's my vegan steak? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#43367359)

Will they be able to print muscles (meat) as well?

Fifth Element (2)

div_2n (525075) | 1 year,14 days | (#43367385)

I know I can't be the only one to think of this movie when I heard this.

"Sil" also an acceptable answer (1)

Thud457 (234763) | 1 year,14 days | (#43369755)

So does humanity manage to destroy itself with "frog eggs" [wikipedia.org] or "lord of the flies"?

Carl Sagan was a damn dirty plagiarist. Also a hypocritical pothead who was molested by a dolphin.

There's been a bit of this for about 5 years ... (2)

dbIII (701233) | 1 year,14 days | (#43367529)

... and some places are already working on nerve cells.
The news here is probably a better method than previously but the journalist probably jumped to conclusions about first steps.

Market disruption (3, Funny)

turkeyfeathers (843622) | 1 year,14 days | (#43367549)

The folks at Kleenex must be worried. When people can print their own tissues at home, why would they buy a box of them in the store?

Re:Market disruption (1)

Megane (129182) | 1 year,14 days | (#43367825)

Maybe it makes toilet tissue. Now if you get surprised to find no more rolls on the shelf, you can just print one for an emergency wipe!

Re:Market disruption (1)

tehcyder (746570) | 1 year,14 days | (#43368043)

Maybe it makes toilet tissue. Now if you get surprised to find no more rolls on the shelf, you can just print one for an emergency wipe!

Are you really going to buy, maintain and find room for a 3D printer in your bathroom for the one-in-a-million time you run out of arse-wiping material?

Re:Market disruption (1)

ThatsNotPudding (1045640) | 1 year,14 days | (#43369889)

The folks at Kleenex must be worried. When people can print their own tissues at home, why would they buy a box of them in the store?

Dream on!

It took many, many decades to prefect a product that can survive the rigors of production, packaging, shipping, and stocking and only self-destruct in a cloud of lint when the end user pulls one out!

plus 1, TrolL) (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#43368801)

over 4 quality

obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#43369645)

This will, literally, revolutionize fleshlights.

Yet another unique twist toward synthethic biology (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#43372637)

While most folks in the synthbio research realm are preoccupied in actual biomolecular cellular / subcellular constructs, the concept of meso 3D assembly applied in this direction is entirely unique.

What I see looming ahead is combinations of both . . . and other yet to be defined processes.

But in the larger scheme of things, the definition of "lifeform" is going to become a very "50 shades of gray" zone.

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