Now that 3-D printing is old news, 3-D bioprinting is the new tech craze.
And the latest innovation comes out of Heriot-Watt University, where a team of scientists developed human embryonic stem cells using a homemade 3-D printer.
“What we have here is our brand-new, in-house built cell printer which I built from scratch using parts from an old 3-D printer and some brand new bits that we got from other suppliers,” says the printer’s builder, Alan Faulkner-Jones.
It works, too. In a recent test, 99% of cells tested were alive and viable for replication.
The team wants to produce human liver tissue by 2015 and build individual organs with their stem cell printer soon afterwards.