3D Printer - Artificial Blood Vessels | Medical Research | DW | 16.09.2013
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3D Printer - Artificial Blood Vessels

Scientists from five Fraunhofer Institutes have developed a method to produce artificial blood vessels in a laboratory - using a 3D printer!

Wafer-thin layers of organic ink are printed on top of one another, creating three-dimensional tubes with the properties of blood vessels. Before they're ready to be implanted, they must first be coated with proteins, to make it easy for living body cells to dock there.

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