It turns out using sunflower pollen instead of the current 3D bio printing ink may provide more structural integrity for cell culture proliferation to emerge after being printed on to the platform.
In a similar theme to our prior article on shock proof carbon nano-material that “bounces back”, a “tough flexibility” is key here to the sunflower based 3D bioprinting ink.
“Soft and flexible membranes are usually manufactured based on flat geometry, resulting in problems such as fractures in the layers or a poor fit when applied on large surface areas of skin or areas that see frequent movement, like the joints”
“Using our pollen-based 3D printing ink, which is biocompatible, flexible and low in cost, we can fabricate membranes that are tailored to the contours of the human skin and are capable of bending without breaking,” said Song.
I am personally excited for the application in 3d bioprinted stem cell manifolds for all sorts of regeneration throughout the body. In this way it may apply to a wide array of medical situations.
Another article I wrote details the use of “marine biomaterial” in 3D bioprinting which acknowledges the same issue of developing more realistic foundations for the 3D printing of biological material, like stem cells on to particular surface.