Prof. Wallace is a founder and Director of the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, University of Wollongong, Executive Director at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science and an Australian Laureate Fellow. His research interests include new materials and additive fabrication. The use of materials in creating innovative approaches to current challenges in energy and health are areas of particular interest.

 

3D Bioprinting in 2022 by Prof. Gordon Wallace

 

In 2017 the convergence of advances in biomaterials, cell biology and 3D fabrication as well as the establishment of 3D print facilities in clinical environments changed the way we thought about making things.

 

In fact it changed the way we thought about making things that make things.

 

In 2017 we were able to capture advances in somewhat disparate fields and create 3D printed biomaterial scaffolds that facilitated the development of cartilage from adipose (fat) stem cells – a collaboration with Prof. Peter Choong’s group at St Vincent’s Melbourne. We were also able to realise the implementation of a hand-held co-axial printer – the Biopen – in surgical trials on sheep. Critical components of that hand-held device were created using 3D metal printing. We embarked on the journey to create novel bio-inks and customized machinery – making things that made things.