December 19, 2012

Autodesk Developing CAD Software to Design, 3-D Print Living Tissue

half_novogenmmx.png Autodesk, the industry leader in CAD software, has announced it is partnering with biological printer manufacturer Organovo to create 3-D design software for designing and printing living tissue. Wired reports.

quotemarksright.jpgAutodesk's involvement is a major step in helping to commercialise, refine and mass produce Organovo's NovoGen MMX Bioprinter.

Itís an area of interest to Autodesk, whose software runs the industrial design and architecture worlds, allowing them to expand further into new fields by helping researchers interface with new tools.

Organovoís bioplotter, one of the only machines that can shape living tissue, works like a standard desktop 3-D printers but uses living cells instead of ABS plastic. It creates tissue by printing a gel base material as a scaffold and then deposits cells which mature into living material that can be used in the process of developing new pharmaceuticals.

Specific details about the system, including pricing and availability, are not yet available. Even with scant details, executives at both companies are excited about the potential of such a system.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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Autodesk Chief Technology Officer Jeff Kowalski on the partnership with medical research firm Organovo: "Bioprinting has the Potential to Change the World"