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24/06/2016
NASA scientists are developing bioinks
Dr. Rothschild's project titled ‘Urban biomining meets printable electronics: end-to-end destination biological recycling and reprinting', has been selected by NASA for Phase 1 of its Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program.
Space missions rely utterly on metallic components, from the spacecraft to electronics. Yet, metals add mass, and electronics have the additional problem of a limited lifespan.

The process, explained in a simplified manner, involves grinding up broken electronics such as cell phones or tablets and feed them to microorganisms. To create new electronics, the microbes will be used as bioink to print new integrated circuit (IC) chips, using plasma jet electronics printing.

More information: NASA