There are many benefits of 3D printing and it has finally proved to be beneficial within the realm of medicine. Currently 3D printing has been able to reproduce complex guns to replicas of the Empire State building. Scientists believe that 3D printing is extremely practical and can be used to alleviate certain ongoing health issues. Here are a few examples of 3D printing in healthcare that could have a major impact in the future:
- Printing Skin: Utilizing laser-printed skin cells to assist patients who suffer from skin diseases to victims of massive burns
- Blood Vessels & Heart Tissue: A company called Organovo has successfully printed blood vessels and sheets of cardiac tissue that has similar beating patterns to a real heart
- Replacing Cartilage: 3D printers has helped scientists and doctors create stem cells that could eventually develop into both bone and cartilage in the long-term
- Studying Cancer: Printing cancer cells is a way of growing these cells on tissue in a lab to study, test drugs on and to eventually find a cure for.
- Replacement Organs: Printing a new part for organs or entire organs all together will help solve an ongoing medical need and help save hundred of thousands of people every year waiting for an organ donation to come through
So the question remains, would you be willing to accept a 3D printed organ?