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Researchers working for the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) at the University of Florida have been busy with a number of different projects, all of which are centered on advancing and invigorating bio-manufacturing in the United States.

Unsurprisingly, 3D printing technologies have come to play an increasingly important role within the walls of ARMI’s high-tech Florida facility, as the engineers, scientists, and medical researchers have been exploring a number of bio applications for additive manufacturing.

Researcher - PhD - Student - Christopher - O'Bryan

As one researcher, a PhD student named Christopher O’Bryan, explained to local press, he and his team are using are using the technology to print intricate silicone structures inside a micro-gel support bath. The latter, which was invented at ARMI, consists of a liquid bath made up of various salts that help to stabilize the liquid silicone as it is printed.

Only when the 3D printed structure is cured under UV light does the complex part solidify. O’Bryan says this 3D printing method can be used to create various biomedical parts and tools, including tubing that could have applications in manufacturing implants, and complex lattices, which could be used for various purposes.

Printing - Micro-tissues - Layers - Cancer - Cells

3D printing will also be used to create micro-tissues embedded with 3D printed layers of human cancer cells. Called “tumeroids,” the innovative project could enable doctors to test drugs and treatment processes on a specific patient’s cancer cells.

“That’s definitely one of our goals, to take cells out of...
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