In keeping up with the increasing demand for the integration of technology in society, Australian researchers of the Council Center of Excellence for Electromaterials Science at the University of Wollongong have invented a handheld biopen designed to provide doctors with the convenience of designing customized bone implants immediately in surgical rooms. The Biopen is a mobile three dimensional printing technology that uses bio ink to draw or fill in sections of damaged bone.
The Biopen delivers cell material inside a biopolymer growth gel (a protein or DNA) that is protected by a secondary layer of gel. The product of the Biopen is the combination of the two gels, allowing doctors to deliver the cells in pen form to help the process of healing the damaged bone. To solidify the gel, a low powered ultraviolet light is installed onto the pen.