Shanghai researchers explore the use of soundwaves and inkjet bioprinting in their recently published work, ‘The Application of Piezoelectric Micro-jetting Technology in the Field of Cell Bioprinting.’ With a study centered around tissue engineering, authors Sun Huaiyuan, Song Xiaokang, Liao Yuehua, and Li Xiaoou further examine piezoelectric parameters, pulse driving voltage waveforms, and bioprinting.
The authors realize a need for bioprinting and more successful tissue engineering, especially as so many patients around the world are dying while waiting for transplants. Many medical professionals and researchers see 3D printing as a possible solution for solving the problem, and baby steps have been taken over the years toward the eventuality of creating organs and saving lives with them, with major strides in bioprinting continually happening. The research team sees numerous, current challenges holding bioprinting technology back, however, as it is difficult to obtain cells, build scaffolds, and sustain the biological material. They see great potential for the future though, stating that the problems in tissue engineering will be ‘gradually solved.’