Scientist Living Materials 3D Building Blocks Genetic Engineering
Photo credit: Tom Ellis/Imperial College London
Scientists from the Imperial College London have developed self-healing “living materials” that act as 3D building blocks when damaged. In the future, this material can be used by windshields to fix their own cracks, or an aircraft fuselage tear, and most useful of all, self-repairing potholes in the road. Researchers could also integrate the building blocks into self-healing building materials, thus reducing the amount of maintenance needed while extending a material’s life and usefulness. Read more for additional pictures and information.



To create this material, researchers genetically engineered bacteria called “Komagataeibacter rhaeticus” to have them make fluorescent 3D sphere-shaped cell cultures, known as spheroids. These cultures were then equipped with sensors to detect damage before being arranged into different shapes and patterns, demonstrating their potential as modular building blocks.
Sale
Official Creality Ender 3 3D Printer Fully Open Source with Resume Printing Function DIY 3D Printers Printing Size 220x220x250mm
  • Resume Printing Function: Ender 3 has the ability to resume printing even after a power outage or lapse occurs.
  • Easy and Qucik Assembly: It comes with several assembled parts, you only need about 2 hours to assemble 20 nuts well.
  • Advanced Extruder Technology: Upgraded extruder greatly reduces plugging risk and bad extrustion; V-shape with POM wheels make it move noiseless, smoothly and durable.
  • Safety Protected Power Supply: Only needs 5 minutes for hot bed to reach 110 degree.
  • Strict Test: Strict testing for key components before delivery and life-time technical supports available.

Scientist Living Materials 3D Building Blocks Genetic Engineering

In the past we’ve created living materials with inbuilt sensors that can detect environmental cues and changes. Now we’ve created living materials that can detect damage and respond to it by healing themselves,” said Professor Tom Ellis, lead author of the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial.