Oxford University Develops New 3D Bioprinter to Build Organs and Tissues

3-D droplet bioprinter
Image of the 3-D droplet bioprinter, developed by the Bayley Research Group at Oxford, producing mm-sized tissues - Credit: Sam Olof/ Alexander Graham

Developing an efficient 3D printer for living tissues has been a challenge for researchers due to the difficulty of controlling and positioning cells in a 3D environment. The cells can shift inside printed tissues and the scaffolding printed to support the cells can collapse on itself.