The video above (shot on my phone) shows the 3D printer (MakerBot Cupcake) in operation at DoES Liverpool – a fantastic workshop and makerspace in Liverpool City Centre, who have been really supportive in providing expertise and access to equipment for developing various prototype 3D scaffolds. If you want to know more about 3D printing – perhaps follow this link to the DoES Liverpool Wiki page which outlines how to use their one.
I am also working with very high specification 3D sintering machine (up at Liverpool University) but, at this phase of my project, I have become increasingly interested in the possibilities for production (in fields of bio-science) outside of traditional institutional structures. I hasten to add that this curiosity has not been driven by any negative experience with my host institution: on the contrary, I could not imagine a more supportive environment than the Clinical Engineering Research Unit. I am very much aware however, that mine has been a very rare insight into scientific practices and I sense that, the more these kinds of techniques can be accessed, shared and understood by none-specialists (like myself) in DIY scenarios the more interesting questions will arise regarding the practical and ethical uses for tissue engineered products.
Excuse me if blogging ceases now as we go full throttle towards exhibition production! All of the information regarding the forthcoming exhibition is now up on the Abandon Normal Devices website, and the key dates are outlined below:
Exhibition Opening, Wednesday 29th August 2012, 6pm.
CUBE, 113-115 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 6DW
Exhibition continues at CUBE 30th August until 7th September 2012
+ Artist Talk, Saturday 1st September, 2pm at the newly opened National Football Museum, Manchester, Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG.