Biofabrication: reappraising the definition of an evolving field

Biofabrication. 2016 Jan 8;8(1):013001. doi: 10.1088/1758-5090/8/1/013001.


Biofabrication is an evolving research field that has recently received significant attention. In particular, the adoption of Biofabrication concepts within the field of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine has grown tremendously, and has been accompanied by a growing inconsistency in terminology. This article aims at clarifying the position of Biofabrication as a research field with a special focus on its relation to and application for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine. Within this context, we propose a refined working definition of Biofabrication, including Bioprinting and Bioassembly as complementary strategies within Biofabrication.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bioartificial Organs / trends*
  • Biocompatible Materials / chemical synthesis*
  • Biological Products / chemical synthesis*
  • Biomimetic Materials / chemical synthesis*
  • Printing, Three-Dimensional / trends*
  • Terminology as Topic
  • Tissue Engineering / trends*


  • Biocompatible Materials
  • Biological Products