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DIY BioPrinter

Main Project Information
Presented By BioCurious
Goal Provides information on designing and building a bioprinter
Task No Task was listed but it’s probably doable
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

Come join our ongoing BioPrinter community project!

Did you know you can print live cells from an inkjet printer? Companies like Organovo are developing ways to 3D print human tissues and organs. But the basic technologies are so accessible that we wanted to play around with them ourselves.

We've built our own functioning bioprinter from a couple of old CD drives, an inkjet cartridge, and an Arduino. We probably won't be printing human organs any time soon, but how about printing a leaf from plant cells? Or add a BlueRay laser to turn it into a miniature laser cutter to print "lab-on-a-chip" microfluidic devices. The possibilities are endless - it all depends where *you* want to take it!

Our community projects are open to anyone, and are driven entirely by whoever wants to show up and participate. This is a great opportunity to come check out BioCurious, and jump into some of the projects going on.

This project has something for everyone, whether it's hardware hacking. programming, Arduinos, microfluidics, synthetic biology, plant biology, cell culturing, tissue engineering - you name it! Everyone has something to learn, or something to teach.

How to Join

The BioPrinter group meets every Thursday evening 7:30-10pm at BioCurious in Sunnyvale, CA ( Sign up for this and other projects and classes at

We'll try to give a brief intro to the project at the start of the meeting for any new visitors.

Check out the progress we've made so far in our BioPrinter instructable:

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Required Gear

This is a hacking meeting, so bring your favorite tools: laptop, camera, etc.

Ideal Age Group Adults
Spend the Time indoors
Type of Activity At a science center, zoo or aquarium, At home
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Tags bioprinting, cell culture, DIYbio, inkjet, RWJF, tissue engineering
Project Updated 05/23/2018