3D-printed living bacteria

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Engineers in Zürich have created a biocompatible ink for 3D printing using living bacteria. This new techique makes it possible to produce biological materials which could be capable of everything from breaking down toxic substances to producing high-purity cellulose for biomedi-cal applications. The team were able to...

3D printing and origami set to improve bone implant outcomes

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Engineers have pioneered a new low-cost technique for 3D printing that allows structures that fold themselves into different shapes - this advance could improve how surgeons create bone implants. The team - based at TU Delft in the Netherlands - combined traditional origami techniques and 3D printing...

String Theory – Stanford Bioengineers develop the “Paperfuge”, a 20-cent hand-powered blood centrifuge

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Bioengineers working at Stanford have developed an ultra-low-cost, human-powered blood centrifuge. The "Paperfuge" has rotational speeds of up to 125,000 revolutions per minute, can separate blood plasma from red cells in 1.5 minutes and requires no electricity to work. The device is based on a "whirligig" and...