Development of a Three-Dimensional Bioprinter with Inline Light Activation for Bone Tissue Engineering
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)
Bioprinting offers exciting possibilities for tissue engineering related to tissue and organ failure due to trauma, disease, or aging. This is of substantial societal value as the world populace mean age rises. Current needs for tissue and organ repair far exceed availability. A strategy being explored to counter this imbalance is the single step fabrication of cellular constructs. This paper explores various bioprinting techniques and suggests a custom design for a cost-effective, low-maintenance bioprinting platform for academic research. The platform functionality was validated via two-dimensional image transfer and simple three-dimensional geometries.
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McElheny, Colton Alexander, "Development of a Three-Dimensional Bioprinter with Inline Light Activation for Bone Tissue Engineering" (2015). LSU Master's Theses. 3614.