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Printing without boundaries: Expanding uses for 3D printers

3D printed components help scientists mimic vascular systems for tissue engineering.

When most people press “print,” it’s usually a paper document or poster. But when researchers at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery hit the print button, it might be for a gel to aid in understanding cancer or a tiny tool for assembling human tissues. They could also be printing artwork or an illustration of the latest in historical literary research.

The possibilities are endless with 3D printing, which is fast becoming a ubiquitous research tool at UW-Madison, thanks in large part to the Advanced Fabrication Laboratory, informally known as the “Fab Lab,” led by the Morgridge Institute for Research, WID’s partner in the Discovery Building.

For an extensive look at how interdisciplinary research is expanding 3D printing, read the full story on WID's website.

Engineering External Relations
11/19/2013