BioPrinting at Do it Together Bio

At Do it Together Bio #4 on 3 April 2013 we worked with Aliibrio ficheri, bacteria that are bioluminescence, made 3D prints with living material and we built a bioprinter from old HP printers after the model by BioCurious at Instructables. During the workshop, artist Allison Kudla told about her work and Branislav Misovic and Jelle Boomstra shared their experiences with 3D printing of living materials.

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Allison Kudla told about her recent work, printed with living material. This requires some specialized inside knowledge. Like: what is the life cycle of this material? What is needed to grow a living organism? How do these cells function? How to feed them? Amazement and curiosity seem to mark her way of working. She states that only by really understanding the material she works with, a dialogue can emerge, a necessity for an interesting artwork in her opinion.

Jelle Boomstra, lab manager at Protospace explains how a 3D printer can be used to print living material. How can one repair damaged bones, for example? At Protospace, he works with scientists from University Utrecht on experiments to answer this. He shows slides how damaged bones are scanned, how a 3D model is made and how a print is used to fill the bone with new material. This exists of thermoplast and three different layers of gel with cells in it. And this is just the simple version of a rather complicated story. The Ultimaker (a DIY printer) is used by him for research and development purposes. The real printwork is done with a printer that has a lot more quality to offer. Beta TCP, 'a magical powder', can be used to produce the bone. It encourages stem cells to produce them. The stem cells are then included in PLA (a kind of plastic). When the PLA decays, the bone will grow further by itself.

The possibilities are limited for now, but these limitations will be taken away in the future. You can think of (spare) parts for humans or animals, like knees, implants, skin or other parts of the body to be printed.

Branislav Misovic is bio informatician and works at the Leiden University Medical Centre. He is interested in the medical appliances of 3D printing. And especially the printing of living organs. But before this can be realized, a network of veins has to be printed that will nourish the organ. Jordan Miller and a team from MIT and the University of Pennsylvania are working on this. He is doing experiments with a RepRap (open source 3D-printer). Branco Misovic has contacted  Jordan Miller and has now started comparable experiments. Branco will be a regular guest at Waag Society’s Wetlab and we will certainly keep an eye on the latest developments.


- Friday 28 October 2016

At the Cutting Edge festival last week in Oslo, Pieter van Boheemen witnessed yet another debate on the future of genetic engineering. Unfortunately these debates often take the hope versus horror approach.

- Thursday 27 October 2016

Frank Kresin co-hosted a 'Citizens of Tomorrow' workshop in Taipei. For two days, smart citizens, hackable cities & digital social innovation were discussed.

- Wednesday 26 October 2016

According to popular media we are living in a post-fact society. As we moved beyond a society in which facts and truth are used to prove a point, we arrived in a society which doesn't even care about what is truth or not.

- Tuesday 25 October 2016

Ida Poortinga explains her graduation project “Local fabrication of a custom-fit finger splint, using parametric design and additive manufacturing”.

- Monday 24 October 2016

The October Digital Museum Lab meet up was held at Cinekid MediaLab as we expected the interactive installations there to be inspirational for museum professionals.

- Saturday 22 October 2016

Recent research in the Netherlands show that 50% of the IT decision makers, about 70% of freelancers and 30% of SME have not heard of the term the Internet of Things. For the larger public this is less.

- Friday 21 October 2016

How to enable journalists to gain insight in political influence networks by using open data? Clique is a journalistic research application to gain insight in the evolution of political networks.

- Thursday 20 October 2016

We tested the low-tech meter for 'particulated matter' that we made for Smart Kids Lab at our offices in Amsterdam. Here are the results.

- Tuesday 18 October 2016

What if you can combine the experience from the maker movement to create open source hardware and software to map environmental issues that concern citizens everyday?

- Monday 17 October 2016

The European Theatre Lab is 'Europe’s first virtual think tank devoted to exploring a digital strategy for theatres. Waag Society was there as part of the Advisory board of the project.