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Potomac Photonics Supports Stem Cell Research with 3D Printed Parts
Date:3/20/2013

Lanham, MD (PRWEB) March 20, 2013

Digital manufacturing leader Potomac Photonics is pleased to announce that it recently completed rapid prototyping of precision 3D printed parts for Boston University to support their research in stem cells.

Stem cells have enormous potential in medical research. Their ability to differentiate into specialized cells types, may one day provide a renewable source of replacement cells for people that require organ transplants or are suffering from ailments such as Parkinson’s disease, Type I diabetes, and Cardiovascular disease.

According to Boston University Investigators, understanding and controlling stem cell differentiation in vitro is proving to be a major challenge because cells can interact with each other either through direct contact or by cell-secreted factors. A more controlled cell micro-environment is needed to systematically elucidate the important factors that influence cell behavior.

Utilizing a high-resolution 3D printer, Potomac Photonics fabricated precision stencils to pattern seeded stem cells such that cells are grown in a defined arrangement relative to each other. By preparing various stencils, the BU researchers hope to determine how the relative position of stem cells affect their differentiation efficiency and differentiated progeny.

This work, which was performed within Potomac Photonics’ Educational Manufacturing Initiative, demonstrated another novel way that 3D printing and advanced micromanufacturing technologies are spearheading the development of innovative new applications and products. According to Vice President of Operations Mike Davis, “It fills us with great pride that our advanced manufacturing technologies
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