Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsLast week, we used 3D printing to create implants. And again you will have seen the importance of identifying the need, creating the design, selecting the materials, and choosing the best 3D printing method. This week, we will confront new challenges. We will see where we are with the use of 3D-printed structures to facilitate tissue regeneration. Can we regenerate cartilage? Can we regenerate skin? To do so, we will need to 3D-print stem cells and biologically active molecules.

Week 3 introduction

The ability to engineer tissue

Since the 1990s, a new concept known as ‘tissue engineering’ has generated much excitement. Tissue engineering refers to the possibility of replacing faulty tissues and organs with a fully-functional tissue or organ that has been printed externally using the patient’s own cells.

Who is printing with bioactives?

Before launching into this week of the course, use the internet to find out who else is printing using bioactives. Find answers to the following questions:

  • Who is 3D bioprinting?
  • What are they printing?
  • Where are they located?

Mark what you find on the world map using ZeeMaps Remember to open this link in a second window so you can follow the instructions below.

ZeeMaps Instructions

  1. Follow the ZeeMaps link (Please note - clicking the link will open Zeemaps in this window)
  2. Select “Additions” and “Add marker simple”
  3. Add name of the bioactive printing project in “Entry Name”
  4. Enter the location of the bioactive printing project
  5. Describe the project
  6. Click Browse to select and upload a photo
  7. Click “Submit”

Have a look at other learners’ examples. Are you surprised at what countries other than your own are doing?

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Bioprinting: 3D Printing Body Parts

University of Wollongong