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Professor Allen Liu of the Mechanical Engineering department and Professor Ariella Shikanov of the Biomedical Engineering department approached us to design and build a 3D printer to improve tissue engineering research which aims to develop fully functional organs. Successful tissue growth strongly depends on fast revascularization. This 3D printer will print a sacrificial structure as the framework for interconnected vascular networks that will be incorporated into cell-encapsulating hydrogel matrices. Without feeding media, or blood, from a supporting network, the internal cells of the organ will not survive, which is currently a limitation for our sponsors’ research. Our project aims to ultimately overcome this limitation.

  • 3D Printer set up for the Design Expo!
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  • 3D printer with fully integrated custom nozzle for printing sugar glass.
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  • Printed test square of sugar glass. Strand size within the required 350 - 500 micron range.
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  • Validating the heating mechanism to reach 80 - 100 degrees Celsius.
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  • First day fully assembled.
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  • Manufactured and assembled custom extrusion system.
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  • We are 3PV, the 3D Printing Visionaries.
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Collaborators

  • James Doetsch

    James Doetsch

    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • Mark Trost

    Mark Trost

    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • Abby Grajek

    Abby Grajek

    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Categories

Mechanical Engineering, Biotech

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