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Modified inkjet printer for multi-channel bioprinting

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Design Award

  • Design Excellence Award Honorable Mention

Project Overview

Bioprinting is the process of generating spatially-controlled cell patterns using current printing technologies, where cell function and viability are preserved within the printed construct. Current commercially available bioprinters are much too expensive with unnecessary functionality for most general laboratory use. Open-source projects have been developed that convert commercially available paper inkjet printers into bioprinters; however, these projects lack functionality that would enable researchers to use them more readily in the laboratory. Dr. Jay Yang, a professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, hopes to create a bioprinter capable of dispensing solutions (bio-inks) containing cells, growth factors, or other relevant chemicals, controlling secretion of solutions with different viscosities while preserving cell viability, and maintaining bio- ink homogeneity in the reservoir. The interface to control the bioprinter must be user-friendly and be able to accurately translate directions to the printhead.

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Team members from left to right: Tyler Max, Evan Lange, Jack Goss and Karl Kabarowski
Team members from left to right: Tyler Max, Evan Lange, Jack Goss and Karl Kabarowski

Contact Information

Team Members

  • Evan Lange - Team Leader
  • Tyler Max - Communicator
  • Jack Goss - BSAC & BPAG
  • Karl Kabarowski - BWIG

Advisor and Client

  • Prof. Paul Thompson - Advisor
  • Dr. Jay Yang - Client

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