Each year, millions of people suffer from traumatic tissue damage due to cancers, congenital defects or injury. Biofabrication is the rapid 3D printing of replacement tissue and organs that are customised to the specific needs of the patient. Biofabrication applies 3D printing techniques using biological materials to create customised living 3D tissues. The laboratory created for the BTM team was designed to accommodate the research team and the cutting edge 3D printing equipment in one location. The team’s colour ceramic binder and SLA technology 3D printers required very specific environmental conditions to be maintained to enable accurate 3D scaffold construction.

This facility working in the Hospital of the Future space will offer opportunities for Australian scientists, engineers and clinicians to be employed in cutting-edge multidisciplinary research that will benefit people around the world.