Annals of Biomedical Engineering

, Volume 45, Issue 1, pp 195–209 | Cite as

State-of-the-Art Review of 3D Bioprinting for Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering

  • Bin DuanEmail author
Additive Manufacturing of Biomaterials, Tissues, and Organs


3D bioprinting is a group of rapidly growing techniques that allows building engineered tissue constructs with complex and hierarchical structures, mechanical and biological heterogeneity. It enables implementation of various bioinks through different printing mechanisms and precise deposition of cell and/or biomolecule laden biomaterials in predefined locations. This review briefly summarizes applicable bioink materials and various bioprinting techniques, and presents the recent advances in bioprinting of cardiovascular tissues, with focusing on vascularized constructs, myocardium and heart valve conduits. Current challenges and further perspectives are also discussed to help guide the bioink and bioprinter development, improve bioprinting strategies and direct future organ bioprinting and translational applications.


Bioink Hydrogel Vascularization Heart valve Organ Bioprinting 



This work has been supported by Mary & Dick Holland Regenerative Medicine Program start-up grant and Nebraska Research Initiative funding. The author has no financial disclosures.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal MedicineUniversity of Nebraska Medical CenterOmahaUSA
  2. 2.Mary & Dick Holland Regenerative Medicine ProgramUniversity of Nebraska Medical CenterOmahaUSA

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