Thursday, November 3, 2016


During our programming of the robot a few things went wrong, the first thing was that after we re-built our robot the programming we were using was not working for the model but it only got worse, after Ms. Lupone allowing to use her robot our coding deleted three times but we still managed to complete the task. For our group I did the progrmming aspect while abbey did the written work.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Mars Challenge

What was the most difficult part of this challenge?

The most difficult part of this challenge was figuring out why the sensor wasn't working when it had been before.

How did you go about solving it?

We changed the settings in the program so that the right plug was set up to the centre.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Robot Shapes

What did we do well?
I think all in all Abbey and I did a good job in making sure that the programming was right and the shapes were correct.

What didn’t work?
I think at the start of the lesson we were having problems getting the right shape configuration but after we got the hang of it everything was smooth sailing.

What improvements could we make?

I think that with the end product we could of made the flow of the lines a bit smoother.


Interview with Bioengineer Thomas Boland:
Article by: Anika Vallelonga
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So Thomas tell us abit about yourself.
Well first of all thank you for having me, now abit about myself well I am a Professor in the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering at the University of Texas, I also work as the director of UTEP's Biomedical Engineering Programs though recently I have been researching the effects of conventionally grown tissue vs bioprinted tissue.

What technology is used to create one organ?
The are many different aspects and parts that go into a single vessels, first off you the 8 components which all play a vital role but looking onto the more structural side of the printer there is the print head mount, elevator, platform, reservoirs, print heads/syringes & the triangulation sensor. The coding and software itself is done via uploaded blueprint which tells the machine what the end product should look like.

What was the first organ printed?
The first organ printed was the Thyroid, this was done is a lab in moscow by headed Russian scientist Vladimir Mironov. Although some may think that this thyroid was used in human surgery when it was infact done on mice. After monitoring the mice for 11 weeks the 3D printed thyroid glands were fully functional with all function restored, This surgery happened in March of 2015.

How do you think this will this help for further medical advances?

Bioprinting has opened many doors for new research ideas, Because of this my colleagues and I are making medical advancements in: Organs, Stem cells, Skin, Cancer Research, Surgical tools, Heart vessels, Blood vessels, Bone & Cartilage. In the future though we hope to find a way to create blueprint for individualised organs.