- Biorobotics are vehicles that are powered by cells and biological fluids, put most simply. By 3D printing a 5mm long scaffolding coated in proteins and skeletal muscle myoblasts, researchers were able to produce a mass that would form into a muscle strip strong enough to provide sufficient locomotion for the ‘bio-hybrid crawler.
- Using electric pulses to cause the scaffolding to contract and move, they were able to manipulate its movement sufficiently. Further, they included the use of stimulation with light patterns for creating a bio-hybrid actuator.
- Combining the disciplines of science and highly advanced technology, these micro-robots can not only be created with 3D printing but can potentially be used inside the human body, for delivering ‘cargo,’ in the form of whatever is required for healing purposes, propelled along in biological fluid and moved with the contractions of cells.
Researchers 3D Print MicroSwimmers & BioRobots to Carry Cargo Inside Human Body
3. 19. 15 by Alex Klokus