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Bioprinter Community Project Night

Come join our ongoing BioPrinter community project!

Did you know you can print live cells from an inkjet printer? Companies like Organovo are developing ways to 3D print human tissues and organs. But the basic technologies are so accessible that we wanted to play around with them ourselves.

We've built our own functioning bioprinter from a couple of old CD drives, an inkjet cartridge, and an Arduino. We probably won't be printing human organs any time soon, but how about printing a leaf from plant cells? Or add a BlueRay laser to turn it into a miniature laser cutter to print "lab-on-a-chip" microfluidic devices. The possibilities are endless - it all depends where *you* want to take it!

Our community projects are open to anyone, and are driven entirely by whoever wants to show up and participate. This is a great opportunity to come check out BioCurious, and jump into some of the projects going on.

This project has something for everyone, whether it's hardware hacking. programming, Arduinos, microfluidics, synthetic biology, plant biology, cell culturing, tissue engineering - you name it! Everyone has something to learn, or something to teach.

Check out the progress we've made so far in our BioPrinter instructable:

We'll try to give a brief intro to the project at the start of the meeting for any new visitors. This is a hacking meeting, so bring your favorite tools: laptop, camera, soldering iron etc. Younger kids must be accompanied by an adult, thanks.

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  • jen

    lots of fun. thank you Patrik for taking time to do an introduction to the project and explaining the design code to me. I enjoyed the opportunity of hands-on tinkering of the program. Hope to be back up in the bay area in a few weeks.
    see you then

    December 6, 2013

  • jen

    hey everyone.
    I currently live and work in San Luis Obispo but am aiming to be living in the San Jose area in January of next year. However, I will be up in your neck of the woods this week. I am excited to meet you all and get a feel for the meet up group but not sure what to bring or even expect.
    Hints please :-D

    December 1, 2013

    • Patrik

      Hi Jen! Definitely bring your laptop. We still have some debugging to do, to drive the syringe pumps simultaneous with the X/Y axes from G-code. And we may also do some more work on redesigning the syringe pumps to be fully 3D printable. If that all sounds like gibberish - don't worry, we can teach you! ;-) But if you'd like to participate, both of these would require use of a laptop.

      December 1, 2013

    • Patrik

      If we have enough people authorized to work in the wetlab, we can also whip up another batch of sodium alginate solution, and maybe even make some alginate beads with cells embedded in them.

      December 1, 2013

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