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.


- Tuesday 24 November 2015

Have a look at some of our other projects that are presented at the Eureka! Festival at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam.

- Monday 23 November 2015

Sabine Wildevuur presented the People Value Canvas in Sydney, Australia at the 'Designing for the Common Good' symposium of the University of Technology.

- Friday 20 November 2015

For ten weeks, teachers from primary education in Amsterdam were guided by Pauline Maas and Berend Weij in our course CodePower, to work on programming, robotics, game design and maker education.

- Thursday 19 November 2015

In context of the EU project GRAGE (short for ‘Green and Grey in Europe’), Hester van Zuthem visited Munich for two weeks. GRAGE focuses on the growing population of older adults (55+) in European cities.

- Wednesday 18 November 2015

The process of co-creation is a bit of a black box. That's why we're busy making a toolkit for cultural heritage professionals to assist them in working with co-creation.

- Tuesday 17 November 2015

The most frequently asked question asked during Pet shop at Museum Night and DDW 2015, 'Why are you selling microbes?', will be answered at the BioHack Academy graduation presentations.