In Brief

Open source project shows how anyone can change an ordinary desktop printer to turn it into a machine to make cells and living things.

A group from the biotech hackerspace BioCurious decided to play around with BioPrinting (printing with biological materials) and have written an Instructable to document their BioPrinter Community Project. It includes plans for anyone to build their own DIY BioPrinter by hacking an ordinary desktop printer.

BioPrinting has earned lots of attention, with the ability to print organs and other living material eliminating the need for organ transplants, etc. The printer is a ways off from printing, say, a kidney, but shows promise for an inexpensive breakthrough in the technology.

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