Coaxial nozzle-assisted electrohydrodynamic printing for microscale 3D cell-laden constructs

Hongtao Liang, Jiankang He, Jinke Chang, Bing Zhang, Dichen Li

Article ID: 127
Vol 4, Issue 1, 2018, Article identifier:127

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Cell printing has found wide applications in biomedical fields due to its unique capability in fabricating living tissue constructs with precise control over cell arrangements. However, it is still challenging to print cell-laden 3D structures simultaneously with high resolution and high cell viability. Here a coaxial nozzle-assisted electrohydrodynamic cell printing strategy was developed to fabricate living 3D cell-laden constructs. Critical process parameters such as feeding rate and stage moving speed were evaluated to achieve smaller hydrogel filaments. The effect of CaCl2 feeding rate on the printing of 3D alginate hydrogel constructs was also investigated. The results indicated that the presented strategy can print 3D hydrogel structures with relatively uniform filament dimension (about 80 μm) and cell distribution. The viability of the encapsulated cells was over 90%. We envision that the coaxial nozzle-assisted electrohydrodynamic printing will become a promising cell printing strategy to advance biomedical innovations.


Electrohydrodynamic printing; cell printing; bioprinting; biofabrication; tissue engineering

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