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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: https://secure.flickr.com/groups/bioprinter



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    • Andreas N.

      absolutely flattered, lets hopefully do it again! maybe if we plan something for next time I'll be there, I can bring my nikon. I'll be back in town on the 27th, I'd be happy to help more:)

      January 23, 2013

    • Patrik

      As I mentioned before, we can always help documenting things - greatly appreciated! Hope to see you next time.

      January 23, 2013

  • Andreas N.

    patrick gave a really great demo, and I learned a lot! it was fun to see the code and talk with paul miller about the potential designs for syringe pumps. Although a little more direction might have been useful when we started getting into the hacking part of the evening, I think everything flowed really nicely. Also I did not know anything about what problems were needed to be talkled until I got to the meeting, if I knew about some of the tasks on hand, (photo correcting, an experiments weblog page, the graphics coding, etc; for instance) I would have brought more things to help from home, such as my computer.

    January 18, 2013

    • Patrik

      Whatever we're working on in these community projects tends to change from week to week, and is often decided on the spur of the moment by the participants. I sometimes send out an email on our bioprinter list on some topics to work on beforehand. (Let me know if you'd like me to add you!) But yes, this is definitely a hacking meeting, so bring your hacking tools, including laptops. I'll add a bit to the description on meetup to make that clearer.

      1 · January 18, 2013

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