Organ printing: Past, present and future

Rodrigo Rezende, Sergey Balashov, Jorge Da Silva, Vladimir Mironov, Vladimir Kasyanov

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Organ printing technology could be defined as an automated, robotic and computer-aided layer by layer additive biofabrication of functional 3D tissue and organ constructs using living tissue spheroids as building blocks. The concept of organ printing has been introduced a decade ago as a potentially superior alternative to conventional solid scaffold-based tissue engineering. The organ printing technology consists of three main steps: (i) pre-processing or design of blueprint for bioprinting of human organ; (ii) processing or actual 3D bioprinting using bioink or self-assembling tissue spheroids, biopaper or bioprintable, biocompatible and sacrificial hydrogel and bioprinter or automatic computer-aided robotic dispenser; and finally, (iii) post-processing or bioreactor-based accelerated tissue maturation. During last decade 3D bioprinting technology has been advances and broadly recognized a new research paradigm and new exciting research direction in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Moreover, commercialization of 3D bioprinting technology is already an ongoing process. The design of next generation of 3D bioprinters and industrial scale complete organ biofabrication line will be presented and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1st International Conference on Progress in Additive Manufacturing, Pro-AM 2014
EditorsChee Kai Chua, Wai Yee Yeong, Ming Jen Tan, Erjia Liu
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9789810904463
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventProgress in Additive Manufacturing: 1st International Confrence - Singapore
Duration: 26 May 201428 May 2014
Conference number: 1

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Progress in Additive Manufacturing
ISSN (Print)2424-8967


ConferenceProgress in Additive Manufacturing

Field of Science*

  • 3.4 Medical biotechnology

Publication Type*

  • 3.3. Publications in conference proceedings indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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