Studio Eric Klarenbeek is exploring ways of 3D-printing living organisms, such as mycelium, the threadlike network of fungi, in combination with local raw materials to create products with a negative carbon footprint.
Delegates attending this year's largest European science event - the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) in Copenhagen from 21-26 June - will have the opportunity to sample a 3D printed sausage, courtesy of EU-funded projects PERFORMANCE and CommNet.
Researchers have developed a new and more efficient approach to a challenging problem in additive manufacturing - using selective laser melting, namely, the selection of appropriate process parameters that result in parts with desired properties.
The researchers first used a 3D bioprinter to make an agarose (naturally derived sugar-based molecule) fiber template to serve as the mold for the blood vessels. They then covered the mold with a gelatin-like substance called hydrogel, forming a cast over the mold which was then reinforced via photocrosslinks.