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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 some pics from previous BioPrinter meetings here:

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  • Patrik

    Hi all - I uploaded pictures of the hearts to the meetup page - come check them out! The ones on the shake table did seem to progress faster, so we decide to put them all on. We also changed out the detergent for fresh 4% SDS over the weekend and again on Monday.

    The two hearts that seem most decullularized so far are Paul Miller's and Shiloh Curtis'. Paul's result is especially interesting, since he was the only one to soak in Triton overnight.

    October 10, 2012

  • Patrik

    Wow, what a great meeting, everyone! A bit hectic and disorganized, but it's great to know we can run these things more or less off-the-cuff, and still get lots of good stuff accomplished.

    Many thanks to Maria for procuring the chicken hearts & gizzards, Aaron for bringing SDS and Triton X-100 and preparing all the solutions for us, and everyone else who helped out and made this evening possible!

    We'll be taking pics of the chicken hearts as they soak in the detergent and further decellularize over then next day or two, and we'll post them here so you can see how they're doing.

    Next week: decellularized pig heart! (maybe)

    October 5, 2012

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