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Applications for Ink Jet Printing in Biology and Medicine

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Ink jet printing has attracted increasing interest in recent years as a tool for medical research. The ability to precisely position pl volumes of liquid has a number of potential applications in tissue engineering. The dispensation of bioactive chemicals, e.g. adhesion and growth factors, can be used for the directed growth of nerve cells. Whole cells have been dispensed without excessive damage to their function. This leads to the possible construction of biologically active structures from cells and other materials with applications in: fundamental cell biology, cell arrays for toxicity testing, bioreactors and cell factories for pharmaceutical and tissue (cartilage) manufacture, external assist devices (e.g. next generation dialysis, and even complete organs for implantation.)

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2009-01-01

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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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