Azo Materials - Three-dimensional (3D) printing has gained traction in recent years and is now used across a wide range of industries for the quick and easy fabrication of complex materials. 3D printing is now set to revolutionise the medical industry, especially in regenerative medicine, as it enables cells, tissues and organs to be printed on demand. These biological components are traditionally cultured for long periods of time, using various gaseous and chemical environments so that they grow.
Aside from the timescales, standard culturing methods can easily go awry if there is even a small, and often accidental or unavoidable change in the growth process. Whilst 3D bioprinting of living tissue still requires the cells to be cultured and grow, the printing process provides a new approach to fabricating tissues and organs with complex geometries... >>>