Come join us for our ongoing BioPrinting project. BioPrinting is 3D printing with biological materials - especially living cells! 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'll be converting a RepRap Mendel Prusa 3D printer to print some biopolymers to begin with. In the past, we've built a 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!
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.
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.
This project is in collaboration with the ongoing BioPrinter community project at BioCurious (http://biocurious.org/projects/bioprinter/) , which meets at the same time in Sunnyvale. We'll have a video link between the two groups, so we can work on the same topics.
You can join us remotely over Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/820128495 Or, go to https://zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID:[masked]
Join from dial-in phone line: Dial: +1 (415)[masked] or +1 (646)[masked]; Meeting ID:[masked]