Xpect-INX, a spin-off from the university of Ghent, has developed a technique for using a 3D printer to print human tissue using what it calls bio-ink.
At present, while 3D printers have been used to print an entire building, in the medical field they have been restricted to the construction of medical apparatuses such as implants, as well as models such as those used in facial reconstruction. The idea of using 3D printing to make human tissue is not a new one, but now, Xpect-INX has developed a type of bio-ink which when used with a special 3D printer, can create workable substitutes for human tissue. That, in principle, would allow for a cornea to be replaced on a patient’s eye without the need for a donor. The same principle would apply to many other […]
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