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Bio-printing of living organized tissues using an inkjet technology

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This study is directed towards developing a novel and versatile method for creating complex tissue structures that use simultaneous ink-jetting of multiple cell types. To demonstrate this concept, 3 different cell types, consisting of human amniotic fluid-derived stem cells (hAFSC), smooth muscle cells (SMC), and bovine aortic endothelial cells (EC), were printed by a thermal inkjet printer to form a heterogeneous cell configuration. Each of the printed cell types maintained viability, proliferation, phenotypic expression, and normal physiological function within the complex structures in-vitro. The bio-printed constructs were able to survive and mature into functional tissues with adequate vascularization in vivo. These findings demonstrate that fabrication of complex hybrid tissue structures that require multiple cell types can be achieved by using the inkjet technology.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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