BioBots Is A 3D Printer For Living Cells

“Biofabrication, the process of artificially building living tissue structures, is not a new field — there is more than a decade of research in this area already. But Cabrera and his co-founders believe they have spotted an opportunity to overhaul expensive (circa $100,000+), large, complex legacy devices — taking inspiration from the small, low-cost desktop 3D printers being used by the maker movement to extrude plastic. Instead of plastic, BioBots’ 3D printer uses a special ink that can be combined with biomaterials and living cells to build 3D living tissue and miniature human organs. The use-case at this point is for research and pre-clinical screening, such as drug testing (as a replacement for animal testing). It’s not about 3D printing replacement organs from a person’s own cells — albeit developments in this area are heading (incrementally) in that direction. More near term future potential for the tech is to help foster bespoke disease therapies, according to Cabrera.”


Hey friends,
I’m really broke right now, and in desperate need of a little extra income. In light of that, i figured I’d offer some 3d printing services for sale.
For $15 I’ll send you a small 3D print
$25 for a medium to large 3d print
Shipping included if you live in the continental U.S.
You can go to thingiverse.com and choose pretty much any file that has a Creative Commons license, including these adorable Pokemon shown above.
I have the bulbasaur planter on my desk and it makes my life 100x better.

I can also custom design certain things for you! If you are trying to make a cosplay accessory, like belt buckles, badges, jewelry, and so on, hit me up and I may be able to design it for you!

I only have limited colors I can print in, but the prints can easily be custom painted.

Message me for details, or email me at sam@grrlab.com

Also, if you are uncomfortable sending money over PayPal, I have an etsy and I can set up a custom listing for you and have it all go through there.

If you’re not interested, maybe you can do me a favor and reblog this so I can get the word out. Thanks!!



Hey everyone I just wanted to let you know that if you want to download the 3D print models and try printing yourself, I have uploaded the files onto Dropbox. These files are for your use only and you cannot resell or profit from them in any way.

They are wrl files and all 3D print software should work with them. If you want to view them I recommend using Meshlab, it is a free software and it allows you to adjust scale and all that.

If you do download the model I ask that you consider leaving a tip on my paypal (button is on my header), by no means do you have to but I would really appreciate it.


If you would like to buy a 3D print you can visit my print shop on Shapeways


3D Printed GPS Tracker Improves Quality of Life for People with Alzheimer’s

“On the Instructables page for his GPS tracking device, Prasser provided help with the Arduino coding and the wiring. He included a button and LED on his device, but that step isn’t necessary–“they are nice features,” though, he added. The final step in the process is to share any changes you make to the device so that other makers and Prasser himself can benefit as can their loved ones who are battling Alzheimer’s and dementia.“

PLEASE SHARE, PLEASE CHANGE AS YOU’D LIKE!!” Prasser concludes, “We would like everyone to have this for their loved ones or any purpose they can think of!!”

~ 3dprint.com

3D printed genetically identical rhino horns are being created to help combat poaching

By Sarah Buhr | @sarahbuhr -

There’s a startup called Pembient that is 3D printing rhinoceros horns in a lab on the far edge of San Francisco. These are not horns that look like rhino horns. These are genetically identical rhino horns, according to the startup. Pembient just didn’t need a rhino in order to make them.



Italian Police Officer 3D Prints Amazing PCB Workstation with Articulated Arms

“I used my ZORTRAX M200 [3D printer] which is very accurate and has a high printing resolution [to create the parts],” Finizia tells us. “I used Zortrax Z-HIPS filaments because they are less subject to warping, so the base of my tool can stay very stable on the bench.

“The elements of the articulated arms are designed in a way to accommodate different types of accessories, including:

  • Alligator Clips
  • IC Hook Clip Grabbers
  • Micro SMD Grabber Test Clips

Complete instructions on 3D printing and assembling this device can be found on Thingiverse, where the files are entirely free to download.“ ~ 3dprint.com


AVR Project

Interactive VR installation by Micah Ganske features a 3D Printed sculptural interface which took 75 days to print:

For my first AVR project, I’ve 3D printed a sculptural cockpit that the viewer stands in front of and holds on to as they experience a short virtual tour through the world of my paintings and sculpture.  The 3D-printed sculpture’s form is based on the anatomy of the eye since I thought ocular anatomy for my first project that uses the Oculus Rift would be fun and appropriate.  The sculpture is over six feet high and required approximately 75 days of total print time divided across several machines.

More Here


Printed one of my designs in 3D printing class. It stands about 7 inches tall, white PLA plastic. I haven’t attached the claws yet, but the chest plates were printed separately and attached. 

I was an idiot and rushed the reference art and didn’t make an orthographic…which was pretty bad cause then modeling it was a pain. Some details had to be changed, but overall I think I came pretty close to the original shape.

Future tissue engineered ‘replacement body parts’ sees advance via 3D printed scaffolds

QUT biofabrication team has made a major breakthrough by 3D printing mechanically reinforced, tissue engineered constructs for the regeneration of body parts.

In an article published in Nature Communications, the biomedical engineers outlined how they had reinforced soft hydrogels via a 3D printed scaffold.

Professor Dietmar W. Hutmacher, from QUT’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, said nature often used fibre reinforcement to turn weak structures into outstanding mechanically robust ones.


Ref: Reinforcement of hydrogels using three-dimensionally printed microfibres. Nature Communications (2015) | DOI:10.1038/ncomms7933


AstroGro - A 3D printed pod for fresh herbs in space

Cheesy video plus exuberant tech descriptions (“AstroGro is a 3D printed pod that is integrated with artificial intelligence to organically grow fresh food, which will enable sustainable life in space.” come on!) but I like the low-tech opensource concept. Astrogro is part of the Space Apps Challenge.

[AstroGro] [via 3Dprint]

Open Bionics: UK startup creates custom fitted 3D printed bionic arm for less than £1,000

By Anthony Cuthbertson in Singapore , Video by Sho Murakoshi

A UK startup has created a custom-built bionic arm using 3D printing technologies for under £1,000 - a fraction of the cost of other bionic arms currently on the market.

Bristol-based Open Bionics showed off one of its creations at the Smart Nation Innovations conference in Singapore on Wednesday (22 April).

“We wanted to make low cost bionic hands and a really good way to do that was through 3D printing and other 3D technologies like 3D scanning and 3D modeling,” Samantha Payne, chief operating officer at Open Bionics, told IBTimes UK

read more from IBT and watch the video