The BioBot 1 is a desktop bioprinter that builds 3D tissues from cells. It has a dual extruder system that uses visible blue light to cure biomaterials without harming cells, and it has 100 um resolution. The company will present this technology at the NIH Library on December 10 at 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., and again at 2 – 3 p.m., in the Library’s Training Room.
There have been a number of bioprinting stories published this past year. Even though 3D printed organs are some time away, incredible progress is being made in the area tissue engineering. 3D printed ears, skin, valves, bone, and cartilage are examples of what has been in the news.
The NIH Library supports new technologies like 3D printing through its Technology Hub. The Library currently offers free plastic 3D printing on a Makerbot Replicator 2, a Replicator 2x, a Stratasys uPrint, and an Airwolf HD2x.