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U'Toyama inkjet 3D Bio-Printer

Is an innovative 3D Printer which has been developed specially for breaking through many obstacles in tissue and organ engineering. This approach of tissue engineering using 3D bioprinter is now called Bioprinting and Biofabrication.

Various biomaterials including living cells can be used as Bio-link  And 3D Bio-constructs.

containing living cells can be produced by 3D printing in liquid. This 3D Bio-printer enables computer-aided designing (CAD)/ manufacturing (CAM)/ Engineering (CAE) for biological tissues, which are useful for producing various experimental samples for medical and pharmacological researches and finally organs for transplantation therapy.

Towards Organ Engineering : Bioprinting and Bioassembly Technology


Tissue engineering has been developed to regain physiological function of organs which was lost by several diseases or injuries, and has made it possible to treat with engineered tissues such as cell sheet and morphology-controlled scaffolds. And now, tissue engineers are actively challenging to produce advanced tissues and organs, which have significant organ-specific physiological functions. However, such important physiological functions are never produced from mere aggregation of cells, because physiologically organized tissue structures are indispensable.Then, bioprinting researches have been started to construct physiologically organized tissue structures by engineering techniques. In this paper, our challenging steps towards organ engineering will be demonstrated from bio-patterning, bioprinting and 3D bioprinting and Biofabrication.

Makoto Nakamura, Shintaroh Iwanaga Tanveer Ahmad Mir, and Taketoshi Kurooka

Graduate school of Science and Engineering for Research, 

University of Toyama,

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1.3D Bioprinter-Organ Fabrication

3D bio-printer enables us to fabricate various three-dimensional structures with micron resolution. It is possible to fabricate 3D structures by laminating 2D printed layers. We focused on the fact that the ejected droplets from inkjet printers were almost same size as cells. Instead of normal inks, we use cells and/or some biomaterials as bio-inks for this 3D bio-printer. In addition, since we can use desired and multicolored printing with our 3D bio-printing system, it is possible to fabricate complicated 3D structures. In this research theme, we have aimed to create stereoscopic and complex tissue-like structures by our 3D bio-printing system.

2.Organ Perfusion System

Perfusion culture is a method of culturing cells and/or tissues by perfusing culture medium in vitro. Once tissues or organs are taken out from a living body, they need to be supplied with nutrition and oxygen artificially because of the lack of blood perfusion. We have tried to research “Extra- Corporeal Organ Regeneration” utilizing this perfusion culture method to solve the problems of transplant medical care such as shortage of donors. Moreover, perfusion culture would be also beneficial to fabrication of tissues or organs in vitro. We thus have aimed at contribution to develop technologies for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

3.Process Engineering of Micro-Particles

We have developed “Inkjet Drying Method” as unique technology for uniform particle manufacturing. We focused on the features of inkjet printer: eject uniform-sized droplets, eject infinitesimal amount of ink droplets and perform non-contact printing. Additionally, the drying process in the atmosphere enables us to easily manufacture dried microparticles by using this system. This method has various advantages: preparation of microparticles including heat-sensitive chemicals with high concentration, facile control of particle size and narrow dispersity of particle diameter. Therefore, we succeeded in preparing various uniform microparticles with biomaterials. Currently, we have challenged to develop “Artificial oxygen carrier” and “microparticles of oxygen sensors”.

4.Process Engineering of Specialized Hydrogel Fibers

To reconstruct 3D tissues with micro- and complicated structure in vitro, we have conducted research about bioassembling technology. Assembling bio-parts, which are tiny building units for fabrication of tissues, would enable us to prepare complex 3D tissues or organs. We especially have focused on cell fibers, one of bio-parts in the shape of strings made from cells, and tried to apply cell fiber technology to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. In our laboratory, we fabricate various types of cell fiber with several different methods. And we believe that combination of these bio-parts will allow us to prepare tissues in which cell orientation would be highly controlled.

5. Tissue Organ Cryopreservation Technology

Currently, the development of regenerative medicine allow us to fabricate tissues and organs using cells and/or biomaterials. However, there is a big issue that the effective methods for long-term preservation of tissues have not been established. To solve this problem, we have focused on the cytotoxicity caused by ice crystal during cryopreserving process. Thus, we have tried to visualize the freezing phenomena using high speed video camera. The observation of the ice crystal formation inside and outside of cells would help us to elucidate the mechanism of cytotoxicity in freezing process. We expect that our finding may lead to development of new cryoprotective agents and novel freezing-thawing method. In the future, we aim to establish a cryopreservation method for tissues and organs.

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