3D printing innovation holds a lot of next value in the medical industry, especially when it comes to bioprinting functional implants of human cells. After forming a partnership with Denver’s 3D Printing Store, researchers of Denver University have been experimenting with a BioBot 1 bioprinter, one of the many inexpensive
bioprinters on the market at only $10,000. With their computer desktop bioprinter as a starting point, the Denver University research team is appearing to one day provide patients with bioficial tissue and organ replacements.
“We’re quite attempting to take what’s become an accessible tool and use the many sophisticated considering that we can to turn it into a thing that can benefit all people,” Denver University graduate research assistant Ben Stewart said to the Denver 7 News Channel.
Denver University researchers are aiming to 3D print made-to-order functional organ and tissue replicas, and have may already begun printing custom heart valve replicas generated of patient-specific MRI and CT scans. The 3D bioprinted heart valve was created in a mere 22 minutes, but the team is yet working towards building these artificial parts fully biocompatible. In order to achieve this, the researchers require a bioreactor chamber to bond the human cells with the 3D printed heart valve. But they yet have a ways to go, the ultimate goal is to provide patients who are in require of a heart valve, particularly children, with biocompatible 3D printed implants that may eliminate the multiple invasive surgeries generally performed under the traditional prosthetic-based procedure.
“So those patients typically require to go through multiple surgeries for their aortic valve,”said Dr. Ali Azadani, the Director of the Denver University Cardiac Biomechanics Lab. “That’s quite invasive, and that’s not the most approach. By designing tissue engineered valves, we can implant a valve in the heart that can grow with the child.”
The BioBot line, one of that was purchased by the 3D Printing Store and brought into the Denver University research laboratory, has gained fame of researchers for its accessible approach to bioprinting. The Denver University research team has proven that the inexpensive
and reliable BioBot is foreshadowing a bright next for 3D bioprinting innovation. But this race has only gotten started a couple of years ago, Denver University and the 3D Printing Store are appearing to assist innovate the medical field by printing functional and biologically sound implants with living human cells.
“It’s not like there’s been this massive body of research out there that we can go and appear at and learn of,”said Debra Wilcox, the co-founder of the 3D Printing Store. “We are writing that book, and they’re writing significant chapters right here at DU.”