Researchers from the University of Victoria in Canada have developed a handheld on-site bioprinter that is capable of printing complex “biocompatible structures.” The device is the first of its kind that can not only print complex structures but can do it on-site. Potential applications could include printing structures used for breast implants for breast reduction surgery breast cancer patients need.
One researcher from the team, Associate Professor Mohsen Akbari said in a press release, “Two decades ago, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, which eventually led to the removal of her breast. This affected her well-being considerably. It made me realize that a technology like handheld bioprinting could not only help develop personalized implants for breast reconstruction that match the shape and size of the patient’s tissue, but also be used to create tumor models for the study of breast cancer biology. Such applications could significantly improve treatment outcomes for affected patients.”
“The standout feature of this handheld device is its multiple bio ink cartridges, each controlled independently by a pneumatic system. This level of control empowers operators to develop structures with the desired properties. The device also includes a cooling module and a light-emitting diode photocuring module, adding further control and versatility.”