New 3D printing technology is being used to print cancer cells to personalise and fast track treatment in Australia.

Rastrum is an Australian technology that can create hundreds of 3D tumours in hours instead of weeks using current labour-intensive methods.

A cartridge inside the printer contains different types of gel to create a matrix that mimics the tumour's environment in as little as 80 minutes.

"It allows us to be able to print multiple mini tumours in a dish at the moment and you can test those tumours with different types of drugs," Professor Maria Kavallaris, ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Sciences (CBNS), said.

The platform was validated in research published in the medical journal IScience. The 3D printing technology was created over several years as part of a collaboration between industry and universities.