History and Trends of 3D Bioprinting

  • Patrick ThayerEmail author
  • Hector Martinez
  • Erik Gatenholm
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 2140)


The field of bioprinting is rapidly evolving as researchers innovate and drive the field forward. This chapter provides a brief overview of the history of bioprinting from the first described printer system in the early 2000s to present-day relatively inexpensive commercially available units and considers the current state of the field and emerging trends, including selected applications and techniques.

Key words

3D bioprinting 4D bioprinting Cell printing Tissue engineering Biomaterials Bioinks 


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  • Patrick Thayer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hector Martinez
    • 1
  • Erik Gatenholm
    • 1
  1. 1.CELLINK LLCCambridgeUSA

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