Sedimentation study of bioink containing living cells

Heqi Xu, Changxue Xu, Zhengyi Zhang

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Abstract

3D bioprinting has more and more applications in tissueengineering, in vitro drug testing, and regenerativemedicine. The bioink consisting of the biocompatiblepolymer (as extracellular matrix) and the living cells is thestarting material. Because the typical bioprinting processmay take several hours, the suspended cells in the bioinksediment with time, which significantly affects the bioinkstability as well as the following bioprinting quality andreliability. The cell sedimentation is determined by theintegral effects of drag force and buoyancy and gravity.The gravitational force is related to the cells, and the dragforce and buoyant force is related to the polymerconcentration. This paper is the first paper to quantify thecell sedimentation process of the bioink within 0.5% and1% (w/v) polymer concentrations respectively. The cellsedimentation phenomenon has been observed using thebioink within 0.5% and 1% (w/v) polymer concentrations.The cell sedimentation velocity has been estimated to be1.18 μm/s with the polymer concentrations to be 0.5%(w/v) and 0.88 μm/s for the bioink with the polymerconcentrations to be 1% (w/v). It is also found that the cellconcentration increases significantly at the bottom of thebioink reservoir, resulting in cell aggregates due to cell-cellinteraction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdditive Manufacturing; Manufacturing Equipment and Systems; Bio and Sustainable Manufacturing
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791858745
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
EventASME 2019 14th International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, MSEC 2019 - Erie, United States
Duration: Jun 10 2019Jun 14 2019

Publication series

NameASME 2019 14th International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, MSEC 2019
Volume1

Conference

ConferenceASME 2019 14th International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, MSEC 2019
CountryUnited States
CityErie
Period06/10/1906/14/19

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