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Researchers Build 3D Printer That Makes Tissue-Like Material

samzenpus posted about a year ago | 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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32 comments

biological repair system (5, Insightful)

houbou (1097327) | about a year ago | (#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) | about a year ago | (#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 | about a year ago | (#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) | about a year ago | (#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 | about a year ago | (#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 | about a year ago | (#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 | about a year ago | (#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) | about a year ago | (#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 | about a year ago | (#43367387)

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

Re:Imagine this! (0)

Farmer Tim (530755) | about a year ago | (#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.

Re:Imagine this! (1)

rts008 (812749) | about a year ago | (#43373413)

Sounds like Electric Viagra!!

Can't beat that with a stick!

I know something new it can make me (2)

alen (225700) | about a year ago | (#43367357)

Just a few more inches is all I need

where's my vegan steak? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43367359)

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

Fifth Element (2)

div_2n (525075) | about a year ago | (#43367385)

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

Re:Fifth Element (1)

JeanCroix (99825) | about a year ago | (#43367609)

"Computer, print one supreme being. And two kobe sirloins."

"Sil" also an acceptable answer (1)

Thud457 (234763) | about a year ago | (#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.

Re:Fifth Element (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year ago | (#43370813)

Leeloo Dallas Multipass.

Sex toys (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43367465)

Wooohoooo!!!! Printable sex toys!!!!

Re:Sex toys (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year ago | (#43370867)

Finally!

Computer, one Pink [wikipedia.org] please!

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

dbIII (701233) | about a year ago | (#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) | about a year ago | (#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) | about a year ago | (#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) | about a year ago | (#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) | about a year ago | (#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!

For Geeks... (1)

sociocapitalist (2471722) | about a year ago | (#43367987)

print-a-girlfriend.com

Re:For Geeks... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43369105)

Printing money already implemented.

Re:For Geeks... (1)

Khashishi (775369) | about a year ago | (#43371763)

Printing negative money is different though.

plus 1, TrolL) (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43368801)

over 4 quality

obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43369645)

This will, literally, revolutionize fleshlights.

Yet another unique twist toward synthethic biology (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#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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