One of the emerging, innovative areas of 3D printing revolves around the production of 3D printed implants and organs. This facilitates tissue engineered, biocompatible scaffolds with well defined external and internal structures that will aid the body regenerate from injury or disease. While the printing of large groups of cells is possible, there is a quantum leap from this to a fully functioning organ. This is the challenge.

Together with Tim Sercombe, we are actively working on 3D bioprinting for different applications. We currently have two different bioprinters in the lab; we are part of the beta testing program with BioBots and also use a Fab@Home.

3D bioprinting will one day enable us to print fully functional human organs ready for implantation into a patient.