3D Printed Medical Objects Made With Pre-Programmed Intelligent Hybrid Living Materials (HLM)

By: | May 6th, 2020

Image courtesy of the Media Lab’s Mediated Matter Group via MIT

Nothing these days is designed or manufactured without thousands of preliminary cycles of parametric modeling in which variables are continuously modified and explored. Using AI software and massive cloud data, thousands of design options can be quickly compared. As a result designers, engineers and scientists better understand a product and design options.

This approach has transformed the traditional manufacturing paradigm. Designers can now easily explore how renewable and non-toxic resources such as natural minerals, crystallization, and biomaterials might improve a design. And additive manufacturing, generative design, and other forms of biomimicry can be modelled as well.

Heavy reliance on non-renewable resources and their associated environmental damage can be eliminated from the design and manufacturing process and product lifecycle. And engineerable living cells can be incorporated into static and environmentally sustainable materials to create new composites with special biological and medical therapeutic properties.

Digitally Fabricated Objects Using Computational Algorithms

Recently, an interdisciplinary group of researchers led by a team from MIT came together to study how the digital fabrication of 3D printed objects used in medicine could incorporate chemical signals and therapeutic resins modeled using computational algorithms. 

Hybrid Living Materials (HLM) combine living and non-living materials resulting in composites that combine the functions of both materials. The goal is to create programmable, replicable control of genetic expression on the surface of 3D printed objects.

Controlling & Patterning the Production of Drugs

Researchers are testing chemical substances including antibodies, antimicrobial drugs and vitamins integrated into wearable devices customized to a patient’s biomarkers and body shape. Application of this technology can detect environmental contamination to respond and adapt in real time.

Video: Printing 3D Objects the Incorporate Living Organisms

Industry Tap articles on 3D Printing

IndustryTap has written extensively on 3D printing technology and markets including nerve cell printing, biobots and biodegradable 3D printing materials. In 2020, innovation in 3D printing is continuing at a breakneck speed as new fields and fabrication processes are revolutionized.

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David Russell Schilling

David enjoys writing about high technology and its potential to make life better for all who inhabit planet earth.

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