bioPrint: A Liquid Deposition Printing System for Natural Actuators
Author(s)Yao, Lining; Ou, Jifei; Wang, Guanyun; Cheng, Chin-Yi; Wang, Wen; Steiner, Helene; Ishii, Hiroshi; ... Show more Show less
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This article presents a digital fabrication platform for depositing solution-based natural stimuli-responsive material on a thin flat substrate to create hygromorphic biohybrid films. Bacillus subtilis bacterial spores are deposited in the printing process. The hardware system consists of a progressive cavity pump fluidic dispenser, a numerical control gantry, a cooling fan, a heating bed, an agitation module, and a camera module. The software pipeline includes the design of print patterns, simulation of resulting material transformations, and communication with computer hardware. The hardware and software systems are highly modularized and can therefore be easily reconfigured by the user.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Architecture; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Chemical Engineering; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Media Laboratory; Program in Media Arts and Sciences (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Yao, Lining et al. “bioPrint: A Liquid Deposition Printing System for Natural Actuators.” 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing 2.4 (2015): 168–179. © 2012 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
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