It’s no secret that 3D printing is destined to revolutionize how things are done across a large number of industries, but right now, it appears that the practice is opening a new frontier in the medical world: bioprinting living tissue in a matter of seconds.

Until now, 3D printing live cells have been regarded as a complicated and time-consuming procedure. But now, scientists at EPFL and University Medical Center Utrecht have developed an optical system that can bioprint complex, highly viable living tissue in “just a few seconds”. The approach, called volumetric bioprinting, forms tissue by projecting a laser down a spinning tube containing hydrogel full of stem cells. The resulting tissue is then simply shaped by focusing the laser’s energy on specific locations to solidify them, creating a useful 3D shape within seconds.

While this definitely isn’t ready for real-world use just yet, the scientists envision a future where…
Continue Reading at The Optimist Daily…