Advances in bioprinting are fast and exciting: As you can read in this paper, it’s now possible to use living bacteria in ink. It allows the creation of complex actives material very useful in healthcare, for exemple, but also in 3D cell co-cultures. Article presents us the enormous potential of this technology in many other domains.
A group of ETH researchers led by Professor André Studart, Head of the Laboratory for Complex Materials, has now introduced a new 3D printing platform that works using living matter. The researchers developed a bacteria-containing ink that makes it possible to print mini biochemical factories with certain properties, depending on which species of bacteria the scientists put in the ink.