working with the 3D bioprinter
Original Published Date: 
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Full article issued by the University of Wollongong.

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney is now home to a world-first customised 3D bioprinter designed to create and make a 3D printed human ear, thanks to researchers from the University of Wollongong (UOW) headquartered at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES).

The hospital took possession of the printer this week, a key milestone for a joint research project between ACES and surgeons to develop a clinical 3D bioprinting solution to treat microtia, a congenital deformity where the external ear is underdeveloped. The 3D printer is a customised multi-materials biofabrication printer that utilises a specialised bio-ink developed and manufactured by ACES researchers at UOW and the Australian National Fabrication Facility, to assist in the regeneration of cartilage for use in reconstructive ear surgery.

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Professor Gordon Wallace with robotics and additive fabrication engineer Jerome Johnson, and the 3D bioprinter. Credit: UOW/ACES.