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Take the lessons of Professor Pearce’s Open Source Lab (discussed in a new article), add a few low cost bioprinting (such as the processs newly released by BioBots, CELLINK and Ourobotics) and what you get is the Renegade, a new, fully open source syringe extrusion bioprinting device, only released by Ourobotics.

The new open source process (turn it into by Raunaq Bose, based on an extruder turn it into by Richard Horne) was presented by Ourobotics’ co-founder Stephen Gray at a new bioChanges meet up (see video at a lower place), hosted by the Tangible Media Group at MIT Media Lab. “The Renegade,” Stephen explained, is a joint project based on Jemma’s [Redmond, another co-founder of Ourobotics] and my own experiences. We ponder its significant for this technology to be in the hands of at any timeyone and that actually learning how to turn it into a bioprinting device is an eye-opening experience.”

Whilst Ourobotics is a startup (that in addition counts Oksana Anilinoyte and Dr. Andrew Comerford one of its co-founders) and has may already drawn really a few headlines, bioChanges is a non-profit international collaborative group. It comes with academic research scientists, industry professionals, product turn it intoers, style turn it intoers, engineers, biomanufacturers, entrepreneurs, artists, architects, chefs, and roboticists interested in investigating emerging ideas, projects, and opportunities inside the fields of bioturn it into engineering technology, synthetic biology, 3D organ printing, and bioturn it into labs.

This experience is now being utilized to assist manufacture bioprinting on the market to additional research institutions than at any time preceding in a way that is quite much like to how standard 3D printing devices have turn it intod prototyping and product development additional low-cost and on the market of the world. Whilst 3D bioprinting devices have been on the market for over a decade, the high-end versions such as EnvisionTEC’s 3D Bioplotter or RegenHU’s processs can cost well above $100,000.


A new generation of additional low-cost bioprinting devices, such as the BioBot1, CELLINK’s Inkredible and actually Ourobotics’s own high-end version, the Revolution, have brought the price point down to between $5,000 and $15,000. Now, the Renegade can lower this entry barrier actually additional, to at a lower place $1,000. Clearly the capabilities and reliability of the bioprinting devices differ, howat any time their basic functioning is much like: depositing paste and gel-like materials through a syringe to form 3D structures that contain living cells and can be “grown” into actual living tissue.

The architecture of the Renegade is much like to that of any RepRap 3D printing device, the main difference is in the materials utilized. If you ponder polymers and plastics are harsh, hydrogels and biomaterials take this harshity really a bit additional. Howat any time, only as open source 3D printing assisted to ignite a wave of technology in both materials and processes for 3D printing, Gray hopes and believes the Renegade project can do the same for bioprinting and biomaterials.


“Many bioink competitions are may already on the market in scientific journals and we intend to release them to the open source bioprinting community,” Gray told me on Facebook while on a flight to Singapore. “Purecol, a bovine collagen solution, for example, is mixed with 1XPBS and NaOH to turn it into a collagen bioink.” He was going to check for the precise composition on his laptop, but I got the point. Stephen said anyone interested can contact him directly via LinkedIn for information on the opensource bioinks.

Similar to Prof. Pearce explained, there are literally hundreds of applications in RepRap 3D printing that can assist to drastically cut the costs of a science lab. With the introduction of fully open source bioprinting, these possibilities can increase actually additional and spread into the fields of bioengineering and regenerative science.

Don’t get your hopes up; you are not going to be 3D printing body parts and organs in your garage anytime soon. Howat any time, there is no denying that this new generation of bioengineers and bioturn it intoers has set this goal for themselves. Any hope of getting transplant-ready human body parts and organs one day, passes through their passion and the enthusiasm of the open source bioprinting community.

Davide Sher

About The Author

Davide was born in Milan, Italy and moved to New York at age 14, that is where he obtained his education, all the way to a BA. He moved back to Italy at 26 and began working as an editor for a trade magazine in the videogame industry. As the market shifted in the direction of new business versions Davide started working for YouTech, the initially iPad native technology magazine in Italy, where he found the world of additive making and became incredibly fascinated by its amazing future. Davide has since started to work as a freelance journalist and collaborate with most of Italy’s main generalist publications such as Corriere della Sera, Panorama, Focus Italy and Wired Italy: most of his articles have revolved around the various applications of 3D printing.