Cyborgs & Biohacking

Russian scientists plan 3D print of living tissue

Medicine and marketing are sometimes difficult to distinguish. However, the Roscosmos experiments with additive manufacturing processes are apparently more than a mere publicity stunt.

24 Jan. 2017
Organovo bioprinters
Russian scientists plan 3D print of living tissue (Photo: Organovo)

The Russian space agency has often been ahead of its time and it is not unusual for space technology to help new products achieve a breakthrough on Earth. This could also be the case with 3D printing: After manufacturing satellite housing, Russia now wants to experiment with the production of living tissue.

On March 31, 2016, the satellite Tomsk-TPU-120 , the first space object with housing made by the 3D printer, was transported from the spaceport in Baikonur to the International Space Station (ISS), where it will be put into orbit in July 2017. It was developed by students from Tomsk Polytechnic University; first signal tests on board the ISS were successful. The Russian scientists now want to take things one step further and experiment with the printing of living tissue in space . They hope that what has so far been a painstaking process on our planet could be worth a try in the weightlessness of space. They are speculating that cells from the bioprinter may be able maintain their position better in space.

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