Laser technology improves on inkjet printing for tissue engineering

Laser induced forward transfer (LIFT) acts as a novel alternative to other plotting techniques such as inkjet printing due to its ability to precisely deposit and position tiny droplets while being gentle enough to preserve sensitive structures within the ink, according to a paper published in Annals of Biomedical Engineering journal.

Materials as simple as screen printing ink to complex eukaryotic cells have been printed with applications spanning from microelectronics to tissue engineering, according to the abstract.

Also, LIFT can be performed in a simple lab environment, not requiring vacuum or other extreme conditions.

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