Researchers at the University of Oxford have developed a method to print material “with the properties of living tissues.” Eventually, the technique could be used not only to replace damaged tissue, but to deliver medicine precisely where it’s needed.

The material itself consists of tiny water droplets, each encased in a lipid film, connected together. These droplets can be programmed to fold into specific shapes. (You can see a video of the droplets here.) It’s not exactly like living tissue, but it’s intended to perform the same functions.

The field of printing continues to expand, from consumer products, to industrial applications, to medicine. Have you seen other applications that open up new areas for using the precision of printing to perform a certain function?

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