The printer uses bioinks to create structures infused with living cells.
Students and faculty in East Carolina University’s College of Engineering and Technology had the chance to see and discuss the operation of a 3D bioprinter, technology that could lead to the printing of viable human organs.
Dr. Barbara Muller-Borer, chair of the Department of Engineering, said the possibilities of the technology are fascinating. She pointed to the research of Dr. Anthony Atala, who has used a similar process to print a prototype of a kidney at Wake Forest University.
The CELLINK Bio X is a standalone 3D bioprinter that is designed for user friendliness, allowing the possibility of hands-on student use. It looks and operated much like a normal 3D printer but uses soft materials and cells instead of plastic.
“It was neat to see how simple it is to us and how easy it would be to integrate with our other 3D printing systems, and let the students learn about this technology,” she said.