Science on Tap is a monthly gathering in Philadelphia that features public discussion on engaging science topics.

Held in a relaxed, bar setting at 6:00 P.M. on the second Monday of every month, Science on Tap features a brief, informal presentation by a scientist or other expert followed by lively conversation. The goal is to promote enthusiasm for science in a fun, spirited, and accessible way, while also meeting new people.

3D Printing for the Sweet Tooth:
Are Sugar Glass Vascular Networks the Future of Organ Regeneration?

Date: Monday, January 14, 2013
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Event Type: This event is free and open to the public

National Mechanics
22 South Third St.
Philadelphia 19106

Ages 21+ or accompanied by a chaperone 25 years or older

A microscope image of a 3D printed sugar template used for creating vasculature in living tissues. (Photo: Jordan S. Miller)

3D Printing for the Sweet Tooth: Are Sugar Glass Vascular Networks the Future of Organ Regeneration?

The field of regenerative medicine attempts to replace organ donation with engineered tissues made from a patient’s own cells. Jordan Miller will talk about the development and details for 3D printing temporary templates of blood vessels made from sugar for this field, and how this technology impacts the future of organ regeneration research.

Jordan is a post-doctoral researcher in the Tissue Microfabrication Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, a founding member of Hive76 in Philadelphia, and a RepRap core developer. His research in the department of Bioengineering combines chemistry and rapid prototyping to direct cultured human cells to form more complex organizations of living vessels and tissues. Jordan has been in the 3D maker community since the beginning. He developed the first MakerBot heated build platform at Hive76 and is delighted to use his RepRap 3D printer every day in the lab for biomedical research and regenerative medicine.

This month’s Science on Tap is presented by the APS Museum.

Science on Tap is sponsored by a consortium of five Philadelphia institutions: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the American Philosophical Society (APS) Museum, the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF), the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and the Wagner Free Institute of Science.