Is 3D Printing Still a Phenomenon… or Not?
By: Eric M. Luyer, Industry Research Analyst
3D Printing has been used for some time now for printing very specific surgical tools or patient-specific parts to complete full functioning of the human body. But is 3D Printing still a phenomenon… or not?
In my opinion it is certainly amazing when you see the latest developments and you apply biomedical engineering to 3D Printing. Specifically, in the medical field there are various use cases adopting this rather futuristic technology – you may now print entire organs for practical surgical use! I have read that scientists and researchers have successfully printed kidney cells, sheets of cardiac tissue that have something like a heartbeat, and foundations for a human liver.
Other relatively new examples are: bio-printed stem cells which has been done by the Heriot-Watt University of Edinburgh, Scotland-UK of human skin, that can be used for burn victims, skin cancer patients or other kinds of diseases that affects the skin in a negative way. Scientists have also successfully created tests for 3D Printing artificial bone tissue(!) and the hope is that such tissues may assist in helping with limiting sporting accidents that so many athletes suffer from. I have also seen that medical researchers and scientists are well on their way to printing an entire human organ. Continue reading