Coming soon to a Kinko's near you? Image produced by and copyright (c) Christopher Barnatt 2011. Used with permission.
Welcome to Biocurious BioPrinter Group

Bioprinting is printing with biological materials. Think of it as 3D printing, but with squishier ingredients. There's a lot of work being done at research labs and big companies like Organovo on print human tissues and human organs, with an eye towards drug testing, and transplantation into humans. Check out these amazing TED talks by Anthony Atala, for example:

Anthony Atala: Growing new organs
Anthony Atala: Printing a human kidney

All this sounds incredible complex, but the fact is that the basic technologies are very accessible - it's all based on inkjet and/or 3D printing. So a bunch of us at BioCurious decided we wanted to play around with this technology ourselves - and the BioPrinter Community Project was born! (Come join us, every Thursday evening at BioCurious.)

Weekly Meetup Time: 

We're meeting at BioCurious every Thursday @ 7:30 pm

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Meeting Notes

Version 2 Instructable

Ghost Heart Instructable

Project Progress:

Useful links:

Creating Transient Cell Membrane Pores Using a Standard Inkjet Printer

Re-manufacturing inkjet cartridges for 3d printing

Turn an inkjet into a 3D printer

Anthony Atala: Printing a human kidney

Wake Forest University | Organ manufacturing

Making Medical Miracles with Inkjet Printers

Researchers use a 3D printer to make bone-like material

Rapid Manufacturing of Artificial Blood Vessel Systems for Tissue Engineering Applications

Need An Artery? Just Print one out!

Making a bit of me

Organavo Pioneers 3-D Organ Printing: Hype Or Hope?


Harnessing Lightning Bolts to Build Artificial Organs


New Phase-Changing Gel Method Repairs Severed Blood Vessels Better than Stitches

Useful BioPrinter References:

Construction of High-Density Bacterial Colony Arrays and Patterns by the Ink-Jet Method (2003) XuBiotechnolBioeng03.pdf

Cell and Organ Printing 1: Protein and Cell Printers (2003)  WilsonAnatRecPartA03.pdf

Inkjet printing for high-throughput cell patterning (2004) 

Inkjet printing of viable mammalian cells (2005) 

Bioprinting: A Beginning
 (2006) MironovTissueEng06.pdf

Application of inkjet printing to tissue engineering
 (2006) BolandBiotechnolJ06.pdf
Human Microvasculature Fabrication using Thermal Inkjet Printing Technology (2008) Dissertation CuiDissertation08.pdf

EDTA high-throughput two-dimensional bioprinting by inhibiting salt scaling and cell aggregation at the nozzle surface.
Achieves >1 million cells/nozzle; also includes effective nozzle cleaning method  ParzelJTissueEngRegenMed09.pdf 

Drop-on-Demand Inkjet Bioprinting: a Primer (2011) BinderGeneTherReg11.pdf  Newer inkjet printers are not suited for cell bioprinting because the orifice size on the new print-heads is significantly less than the size of a cell. Older print-heads released in the late 1990s are theoretically capable of single cell precision depending on the size of the output orifice.

Engineering 3D cell instructive micro-environments by rational assembly of artificial extra-cellular matrices and cell patterning (2011) SalaIntegrBiol11.pdf

BioPrinting in the news:

In case you miseed it here are some of the media attention we have had recently for our project and for BioCurious:
October 3, 2014  Patrik talks to Science Friday

October 2nd, 2014 Mention of BioPrinter on PSFK

September 23rd, 2014  PBS Newshour features Biohacking and Eri Gentry, along with bioprinting and Real Vegan Cheese

September 23rd, 2014 DIY Sect first episode on BioHacking

September 9th, 2014  Fast Company lists BioCurious as one of the top 10 most innovative companies in Education Internationally

September 4th, 2014  Article mentioning BioCurious in the Economist

February 22nd, 2013 Writeup on BioPrinter in MIT Tech review

January 24, 2013  Wired writup on BioPrinter

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