Guidelines for establishing a 3-D printing biofabrication laboratory

Henry W. Sanicola, Caleb E. Stewart, Michael Mueller, Farzad Ahmadi, Dadong Wang, Sean K. Powell, Korak Sarkar, Kenneth Cutbush, Maria A. Woodruff, David A. Brafman

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Advanced manufacturing and 3D printing are transformative technologies currently undergoing rapid adoption in healthcare, a traditionally non-manufacturing sector. Recent development in this field, largely enabled by merging different disciplines, has led to important clinical applications from anatomical models to regenerative bioscaffolding and devices. Although much research to-date has focussed on materials, designs, processes, and products, little attention has been given to the design and requirements of facilities for enabling clinically relevant biofabrication solutions. These facilities are critical to overcoming the major hurdles to clinical translation, including solving important issues such as reproducibility, quality control, regulations, and commercialization. To improve process uniformity and ensure consistent development and production, large-scale manufacturing of engineered tissues and organs will require standardized facilities, equipment, qualification processes, automation, and information systems. This review presents current and forward-thinking guidelines to help design biofabrication laboratories engaged in engineering model and tissue constructs for therapeutic and non-therapeutic applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number107652
JournalBiotechnology Advances
StatePublished - Dec 2020


  • Biofabrication
  • Bioprinting
  • Cloud manufacturing
  • Deep learning
  • Tissue engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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