No this is not our printer.
This is 3-D printing with the "ick" factor. Want a nose like Katherine Webb? (I know I do!) How about printing one up! Tired of cats and dogs? How about printing up a couple of jellyfish! Of course, we don't know how to do any of this yet, but let's figure this out together! We're planning on have two sessions per month as we journey on the path of viscid awesomeness.
In this first session, we'll do informal brain-storming. We'll take a look at our new reprap printer, and hopefully start putting it together (presuming it's here). We'll discuss strategies for alterations needed to get the thing to print cells. We'll also informally present library research on primarily three areas that we have been talking about at BUGSS:
1. Tissue and vein printing. We're very inspired by the work done by Jordan Miller et al in Christopher Cheng's lab, printing vein-like structures using a modified reprap.
2. Wood printing. Ryan Hoover, an artist and professor who runs the Digital Fabrication Lab at MICA expressed this idea at our Build-a-BUG session. This is an effort to duplicate all the nice mechanical and aesthetic qualities of wood, except that it would be printed close to net shape with living cells. The dream is jointless furniture!
3. A colorful 3-D quorum sensing sculpture, probably using bacteria. Sort of a blinky light thing only with bacteria. This old IGEM project is an inspiration.
So bring in your own weird ideas, any skill or knowledge you might be willing to share, and your imagination. This will start on Wednesday, January 16th at 7:00 pm. This activity is free to members, and we're asking for $25 suggested donation from nonmembers. (On this first session, don't let the donation stuff get in the way of being here.) Please RSVP here!
(embrace the "ick")
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