- “Spheroidal cell aggregates” of “bioink” are the basic print material. These are, in fact, live cells. The ink operates like a liquid, but can link together to form shapes
- “Biopaper”, a biocompatible cell-extracellular matrix of hydrogels are used as support material
- A 3D-printer-like device first prints a layer of Biopaper
- The printer then deposits a layer of Bioink in the desired configuration
- The bioink particles join together naturally and fuse into living tissue
- Subsequent layers of biopaper and bioink gradually build up the object into usable human tissue or even organs
- The biopaper eventually dissolves leaving just the desired tissue
A helmet manufacturer is using distributed 3D scanning technology to produce bespoke products for customers.