5 body parts that science can 3D print


Noses and Ears

In an effort to design a new generation of prosthetics, Fripp Design, a consultancy in Sheffield, England is working with University of Sheffield scientists to 3D print a cheaper, easier-to-make facial organs like ears and nose. The process include 3D scanning a patient’s face, modeling a replacement and printing it using pigment, starch and medical grade silicone.

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Scientists at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China claim to have successfully created living human kidneys through the use of 3D Printing. The artificial parts which are currently far from being ready for use in hospitals, has the potential to perform the functions of a human kidney, including the breakdown of toxins, metabolic functions, and the secretion of fluids.

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Blood Vessels and Cells

Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology is leading a project called BioRap to develop blood vessels using a mix of synthetic polymers and biomolecules. The team was due to provide their findings earlier in Octobers this year. Another team of researchers at University of Pennsylvania have demonstrated how to generate blood vessels using this technology.

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Skin Grafts

Skin Grafting has been considered as one of the toughest 3D printing process to replicate a human organs, given that our skin is so unique, thin, and mutable that it’s hard to perfect an exact replica. But a team from University of Liverpool believes that they are close to 3D print skin grafts, that can be matched to a specific person based on their age, gender and ethnic group.

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University of Nottingham scientist named Kevin Shakeshaff has developed a bio printer that creates a scaffold of polylactic acid and gelatinous alginate. The scaffolding if dissolved, can be replaced by new bone growth within roughly three months. Researchers at MIT have also developed a new approach of deveoping artificial bones using 3d printing technology.

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