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Materials Manufactured from 3D Printed Synthetic Biology Arrays
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Author and Affiliation:
Gentry, Diana(NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, United States);
Micks, Ashley(Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA, United States)
Abstract: Many complex, biologically-derived materials have extremely useful properties (think wood or silk), but are unsuitable for space-related applications due to production, manufacturing, or processing limitations. Large-scale ecosystem-based production, such as raising and harvesting trees for wood, is impractical in a self-contained habitat such as a space station or potential Mars colony. Manufacturing requirements, such as the specialized equipment needed to harvest and process cotton, add too much upmass for current launch technology. Cells in nature are already highly specialized for making complex biological materials on a micro scale. We envision combining these strengths with the recently emergent technologies of synthetic biology and 3D printing to create 3D-structured arrays of cells that are bioengineered to secrete different materials in a specified three-dimensional pattern.
Publication Date: May 15, 2013
Document ID:
20130013728
(Acquired Jun 24, 2013)
Subject Category: ENGINEERING (GENERAL)
Report/Patent Number: ARC-E-DAA-TN8276
Document Type: Technical Report
Contract/Grant/Task Num: NNX09AG76A
Financial Sponsor: NASA Ames Research Center; Moffett Field, CA, United States
Organization Source: NASA Ames Research Center; Moffett Field, CA, United States
Description: 1p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Distribution as joint owner in the copyright
NASA Terms: SYNTHETIC ARRAYS; PRINTING; IN SITU RESOURCE UTILIZATION; BIOENGINEERING; MICROELECTRONICS; EXTRATERRESTRIAL RESOURCES; TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
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