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3D Bioprinting at Berkeley

Raised toward our $2,500 Goal
12 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on November 15, at 11:59 PM PST
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3D Bioprinting at Berkeley

We are a team of undergraduate students coming from an array of different disciplines such as Bioengineering, Molecular and Cell Biology, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and more. “Bioprinting Adherent Regenerative Tissue” (BART) is a student-led project that combines the field of engineering and biology. Its main goal is to 3D print functional living tissue by contributing knowledge to the field of tissue engineering in the hopes of patients getting organ transplants faster.


Funds are needed to purchase reagents for culturing cells and synthesizing hydrogels as structural support for the cells, and developing mechanical parts for a custom-designed bioprinter. BART provides students the opportunity to develop cutting-edge bioengineering technology while collaborating with and learning from peers across different fields. The overall goal of BART is to print functional tissue constructs, specifically muscle tissue and tendon. Will you help us by making a gift today?


Our project is divided into two teams: the Bioscience Team and the Engineering Team.



With limited resources, the Engineering Team has been able to inexpensively and efficiently modify a regular 3D printer (Hictop Prusa i3) to become a 3D bioprinter, tailoring it specifically to bioprinting needs. However, they now plan to design and implement a dual-extrusion head for this makeshift, modular printer. Since we’re trying to make this technology more accessible, we also intend on investing in a club membership at Jacobs Hall, where we can utilize their 3D printer to create a versatile extrusion head. Jacobs Hall also has their own online store, so with a membership, we can acquire our materials for a cheaper cost at a more convenient location.




The Bioscience Team will be experimenting with new formulations for hydrogel synthesis. For this project, club members will be utilizing a common cell line: either C1C12 (mouse muscle cells) or NIH 3T3 (mouse fibroblast cells). A group of students will cultivate the cells, incorporate them into a polymer scaffolding, bioprint the mixture in various geometries, and culture these bioprints to allow them to develop into constructs more closely resembling tissue. They will then quantify the properties of these constructs and the embedded cells with various tests that reflect cell viability. The main goal is to determine which specific hydrogel formulation will increase cell longevity and function while maintaining structural integrity.



We thank you for taking the time to read our project and hope you can contribute in any way you can. Although we are undergraduate students, we believe we can make an impact and change lives through teamwork and passion for technology and medicine. Please make a gift today!

Our way
of Thanking You


Shoutout on Facebook

Donors will receive a shoutout from the Bioprinting @ Berkeley Club's Facebook page.

1 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: November 2018


Name Post on Website

Donor's name will be posted on the club's webpage.

2 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: November 2018


Signed Thank You Cards

A handwritten thank you card signed by the executive team and the team leads

3 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: November 2018


2 Wooden Engraved Keychains

2 wooden engraved keychains of our logo made from our members for each donor.

1 of 200 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: November 2018


Laptop Sticker of Our Logo

A sticker of our logo for your laptop, phone, etc.

0 of 100 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: December 2018


Engraved Thank You Plaque

A laser engraved thank you plaque from the team

1 of 50 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: November 2018


Attend a DeCal Class

Attend one of our DeCal classes and get hands on experience with the printer.

0 of 10 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: November 2018


Consult the Team

Join our team in person or through Skype and chat with us on our project and what we can do for the club and the greater Cal community.

0 of 5 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: November 2018
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