This “living pottery” could lead to printing complete organs. A team at the University of Twente developed a method called “in-air- microfluids” to 3D print artificial tissue structures made from living cells.
The structures look like the product of a ceramics class but it consists of two nozzles — one that shoots alginate, biological material found in algae, and another that shoots calcium chloride. The liquids then smash mid-air to form drops of solid material.
The team thinks that this process could lead to better tissue engineering, as it could repair damaged tissue, without heat and UV light used in previous methods. The system can also be completed in a fraction of the time.
Artificial tissue creation can aid in our understanding of regenerative medicines using 3D printing, while simultaneously looking like a work of art. Through the use of calls and other regenerative materials, we may one day be able to heal ourselves from ailments faster than ever before.