Bioprinting in space: virtual event addresses the intersection of bioprinting with space travel

Join our live coverage of key topics and questions addressed in this interactive panel discussion, ‘BIO + CLIMATE + SPACE’ from The Immersive Kind (London, UK) and Women in 3D Printing on Monday 27 April 2020.


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Monday 27 April 2020

09:00 [PDT] 12:00 [EDT] 17:00 [BST]

Keep up with the conversation on Twitter (@3DMedNet) or via this post as our Editors cover the key areas addressed during the panel discussion.

17:10 – After a brief introduction to Women in 3D Printing and the Immersive Kind, we are now hearing from Jenny Tillotson about ‘nature-inspired’ science and how nature is inspiring wearable tech.

17:15 – Shneel Malik is up next, describing how different biological constructs can be designed from the top down and built from the bottom up with bioprinting. Malik also explains how these bioprinted, living materials can be integrated into more traditional ‘building’ materials to test the proof of concept. How could the biological world be fabricated using technologies like bioprinting?

17:25 – Next up is Malica Schmidt from University College London (UK) describing more nature-inspired advances in science and tech, specifically for space!

17:30 – Although Younes Chahid hasn’t been able to join the discussion just yet, moderator, Katherine Templar Lewis, has described his projects in brief including 3D-printed hip bones and heart valves.

17:35 – The first question: ‘Shneel, there is mass extinction of biodiversity due to deforestation and climate change, our food chain is full of plastic, chemicals and pollutants leading to human health epidemics and pandemics like we are experiencing now, how can architects bring about solutions including the use of 3D printing?’ – Malik describes how there are many different challenges facing the Earth that architects are able to approach differently, with 3D printing creating opportunities for changes.

It’s time for the biological revolution!”

17:40 – We are back with Younes Chahid as he describes his work with additive manufactured lattices and trabecular structures – from art to jewellery to healthcare…

17:45 – In light of all of these amazing innovations, how important is it that we are inspired from nature for future advances in technologies? Tillotson explains how looking to the past when humans relied on their own biology can inspire future innovations in technology.

Smell is the final bastion to digitalize from the physical world!”

What are the key challenges of adopting 3D printing? Chadid has continued the conversation to explain how the individual parts of additively manufactured may have differences that make the process difficult to standardize and regulate. While the level of personalization appears to be the holy grail for medical care, this can be a nightmare for regulatory and standardization practices.

>> Find out more about regulating bioprinting processes in our first ever ‘panel on paper’

17:50 – What are the key challenges of innovating in space? Schmidt agrees with the idea of the importance of interdisciplinary work to innovate in space and beyond…

In terms of scaling, it is important to look to nature as it is multi-scalable.”

As there is currently no 3D printer that is able to print on a fine-enough scale to print larger structures, Schidmt believes collaboration is key to be able to scale up 3D printing and bioprinting technologies.

17:55 – The panelists close the session with advice for getting into the area.

Now is the time for hybrid thinking!”



In this online panel discussion curated by Kadine James (Women in 3D Printing and The Immersive Kind, London, UK), panelists discussed key areas for bioprinting technologies in space and what their impact may be on Earth in the future.

Attendees included researchers, members of the wider additive manufacturing community and pupils from London-based secondary schools as the initiative looks into ways to support learning under lockdown and the next generation of innovators.

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Meet the panel


Katherine Templar Lewis: Creative Scientist, Futurist and Hybrid Thinker, Templar Lewis sits at the intersection of humans, technology and culture. As a collaborator with some of the world’sleading academic research groups, Templar Lewis curates multidisciplinary teams connecting a network of world class academics and creative disruptors to accelerate new science insight into the public realm, with projects that inspire social change.


Jenny Tillotson: Jenny Tillotson is a Sensory Designer and creative drive behind eScent wearable technology: working on various transdisciplinary projects at the interface between design, beauty, fragrance, engineering and mental health, having developed a wearable closed-loop system to monitor mood and intervene with person-specific scent delivery. Tillotson has currently been using her innovation to develop specially-constructed PPE masks.

Shneel Malik: Shneel Malik is an Architect, a Biodesign Researcher and an aspiring social entrepreneur. As a PhD Candidate at the Bio-Integrated Design Lab (Bio-ID) at University College London (UK), Malik explores 3D printing and robotic extrusion to design photosynthetic systems for the built environment.

Malica Schmidt: Malica Schmidt pursues an inter-disciplinary PhD at the Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering at University College London (UK) with intersections between engineering, material science, biology and research in space. Schmidt also collaborates with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR).

Younes Chahid: Younes Chahid has a first class Mechanical Engineering degree and is currently a 2nd year PhD researcher on the topic of Metrology of AM Lattice and Trabecular Structures at the University of Huddersfield (Leeds, UK). Chahid is also the Founder of and mentor for the award-winning University of Huddersfield 3D Printing Society.

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