Over the last few years, tremendous advances have been made towards producing tissue-engineered blood vessels, but researchers have only been able to construct simple straight tubes. The vascular network is complex, containing bends, tapers and branches and recreating these shapes remains a challenge.
Dr. Sam Pashneh-Tala from the University of Sheffield is rising to this challenge. His research uses high-precision desktop stereolithography (SLA) 3D printing to enable the production of tissue-engineered blood vessels with a variety of geometries. This will allow for patient-specific vascular graft designs, improved surgical options and provides a unique testing platform for new vascular medical devices for those suffering from cardiovascular disease - which is currently the number one cause of death worldwide. Learn more about this application on our latest guide.
Throughout this white paper, you’ll learn about:
- Bioprinting and 3D Printing in Tissue Engineering
- Scaffold Manufacturing: At a Glance
- 3D Printing a Bioreactor Chamber for Growing a Tissue-Engineered Aorta
- The Future of 3D Printing Medical Devices