3D Bioprinting and Bioink: Background

  • Liliang OuyangEmail author
Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)


This chapter generally introduces the field of 3D bioprinting, starting with the related concepts and their history. The definitions of bioprinting and bioink are clarified based on the most recent literature. The brief history of this field is reviewed, and the technology trends are presented from different angles, which all indicate a booming development. Then a comprehensive overview of state of the art is presented in terms of bioprinting technologies, bioinks, and application areas. Given the inconsistent classification method in literature, here we classify the bioprinting techniques according to the dimensions of the building blocks, which meet the essential characteristics of this bottom-to-up methodology. This chapter ends with the general challenges and some perspectives from the author.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina

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