Dr. Alberto Fernandez-Nieves understands how small drops and jets behave. He studies the physics of drop formation and of colloidal suspensions among many other phenomena. In his lab, with the help of Dr. Ya-Wen (Winnie) Chang and collaborators from the University of Florida, Dr. Fernandez-Nieves has discovered the capability of printing materials with different shapes, both inert and cellular, in a dense and transparent suspension that has both liquid-like and solid-like properties.
Once the 3D print is complete, this outer medium can be removed leaving the extremely fine detailed device or biological tissue behind. The novelty is in the use of the outer “yield-stree” materials. The exciting discovery has many potential target uses and Colin Ake of Georgia Tech’s VentureLab is helping this team find that first market entry point.