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Introduction

Abstract

This chapter introduces three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting technology starting by presenting a high-level perspective of tissue engineering and the game-changing role of 3D printing in tissue engineering through additive manufacturing of anatomically correct tissue scaffolds. It then introduces bioprinting or direct cell printing as an emerging technology that has great potential in creating de novo organs. There is a discussion of the components of bioprinting, including the hardware and software aspects as well as the bioink. The chapter then explains the history and evolution of bioprinting technologies, highlighting remarkable milestones during the last decade. Finally, bioprinting technologies are classified into three ...

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