UI researchers developing 3D printer, 'bio-ink' to create human organs
Experts agree that rising Chinese labor costs and improving U.S. technology will gradually cause significant manufacturing activity to return to the United States. When it does, a new interdisciplinary manufacturing venture called the Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMTech) group at the University of Iowa College of Engineering’s Center for Computer Aided Design (CCAD) will likely help lead the charge. AMTech was formed to design, create, and test—both virtually and physically—a wide variety of electromechanical and biomedical components, systems and processes. Currently, the group is working on projects ranging from printed circuit boards for automobiles and aircraft to replacement parts for damaged and failing human organs and tissue, says Tim Marler, AMTech co-director. “Electromechanical systems are one of two current branches of the AMTech group,” he says. In fact, the multi-arm bio printer being used in the lab is unique.