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University of Birmingham researchers develop SLAM 3D bioprinting method

October 03, 2019 / TIA VIALVA

Researchers from the University of Birmingham have developed a new 3D printing method for soft materials which could enable the manufacture of artificial medical implants. Known as Suspended Layer Additive Manufacturing, this technique uses a polymer-based hydrogel containing particles for a self-healing gel. Liquids or gels can be injected into this medium to build 3D forms. The hydrogel we have designed has some really intriguing properties that allow us to print soft materials in really fine detail, explains Professor Liam Grover, leader of the study published in Advanced Functional Materials. It has huge potential for making replacement biomaterials such as heart valves or blood vessels, or for producing biocompatible plugs, that can be used to treat bone and cartilage damage.