Will Space Be The Best Test Site For 3D Bioprinting?

- Sep 17, 2018-

The application field of 3D printing is very extensive, and it is a research revolution in various industries. No one wants to miss a revolution that is devastating. The current additive manufacturing and printing architecture is not yet fully mature, and needs to be evolved. However, the deeper 3D bio-printing field has also set sail at the same time, and even plans to rush into space. Researchers are looking at the "microgravity" in space. Special environment.


Now, researchers can print out fragments of human skin, but this technology has not yet entered the clinical stage, and the final organ printing is a more difficult task. Researchers should consider a variety of cell components and blood vessels and nerves. How to make a combination of similar people.


Through extensive experimentation and modern material technology knowledge, 3D printing researchers have determined that in microgravity environments, materials that cannot be manufactured on Earth can be manufactured, and the biggest challenge facing 3D bioprinting now is “material problems”. Materials used for bioprinting need to ensure cell viability and tissue function, need to meet medical sterility standards, and require extensive testing to understand the optimal combination of biomaterials, cells and growth factors.


In addition, the earth contains a complex atmosphere, and the relevant facts have proved that some human cells can not be cultivated in the "earth environment", let alone remain active for a long time. In this case, 3D bioprinting is a must-have for rushing into space. Moreover, in space, researchers can observe the performance of bones, etc., and cells can be preferentially screened under high-intensity ultraviolet rays or other harsh conditions. Thus, a 3D bioprinting system is established.