Multitechnology Biofabrication: A New Approach for the Manufacturing of Functional Tissue Structures?

Castilho, Miguel, de Ruijter, Mylène, Beirne, Stephen, Villette, Claire C., Ito, Keita, Wallace, Gordon G. & Malda, Jos

Published: 25/05/2020

Most available 3D biofabrication technologies rely on single-component deposition methods, such as inkjet, extrusion, or light-assisted printing. It is unlikely that any of these technologies used individually would be able to replicate the complexity and functionality of living tissues. Recently, new biofabrication approaches have emerged that integrate multiple manufacturing technologies into a single biofabrication platform. This has led to fabricated structures with improved functionality. In this review, we provide a comprehensive overview of recent advances in the integration of different manufacturing technologies with the aim to fabricate more functional tissue structures. We provide our vision on the future of additive manufacturing (AM) technology, digital design, and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the field of biofabrication.

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