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.

About our guests:

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.


- Thursday 08 October 2015

For the Textiles & Clothing Business Labs project, we went to Paris to visit the bi-annual Première Vision and Hall Couture, an initiative by Alice Gras.

- Tuesday 06 October 2015

Last month, Dutch and Finnish fellows and policy makers met during the Mindtrek conference and a code fellow training in Finland. Ivonne Jansen-Dings reports.

- Thursday 01 October 2015

For Code for NL, we were present at the Code for America Summit in Oakland. This movement grows fast: there are about 1,200 visitors at this 5th edition.

- Tuesday 29 September 2015

Binnen het CHASING project ontwikkelen we een 'serious game' die een effectieve en leuke manier ondersteuning biedt aan patiënten met spraakproblemen.

- Monday 28 September 2015

Ben Vershbow, director of the New York Library Lab and speaker at our Hacking Heritage event, tells about his experience with how to use technology to move forward in the heritage sector. 

- Friday 25 September 2015

Mariska Hamelink visited a Fablab for the first time and wrote down her observations of Fablab Amsterdam in an essay.