Feb 27, 2023

3D bioprinting inside the human body could be possible thanks to new soft robot

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, bioengineering, bioprinting, biotech/medical, robotics/AI

Engineers from UNSW Sydney have developed a miniature and flexible soft robotic arm which could be used to 3D print biomaterial directly onto organs inside a person’s body.

3D bioprinting is a process whereby biomedical parts are fabricated from so-called bioink to construct natural tissue-like structures.

Bioprinting is predominantly used for research purposes such as tissue engineering and in the development of new drugs — and normally requires the use of large 3D printing machines to produce cellular structures outside the living body.

Paper Advanced Sciences:

Advanced soft robotic system for in situ 3D bioprinting and endoscopic surgery.

UNSW researchers unveil prototype device that can directly 3D print living cells onto internal organs and potentially be used as an all-in-one endoscopic surgical tool.

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