The ability to design three-dimensional (3D) models and prototypes has enabled advancements in many industries. 3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, is the process of creating a 3D model by laying down successive layers of material that build upon each other. When the “ink”—plastics, polymers, metal alloys, or other substances—is infused with living cells, the process is referred to as 3D bioprinting.
Both 3D printing and 3D bioprinting are increasingly being used to advance healthcare. According to a recent report, Global Bioprinting Market: Focus on Product, Application, Technology, Country Analysis, Patent Analysis, Market Share and Competitive Landscape—Analysis and Forecast (2018–2025), the global 3D bioprinting market will reach at least $4.7 billion by 2025.