Research Heralds 3D-Printed Organs and even Hearts

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Few would have guessed the trajectory from 1970s inkjet printers to 3D printed organs consisting of human cells, yet, that’s where we’re headed. A patient at the University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands, recently was the first to receive a custom 3D printed plastic skull.

Carnegie Mellon University: 3-DIY – Printing Your Own Bioprinter

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And not only does the LVE cut down on cost, it also allows users to print artificial human tissue on a larger scale and at higher resolution, opening doors for researchers, makers, and professionals to experiment with 3-D printing biomaterials and fluids.

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All About Acrylic Plastic

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Plasticizers are used as additives to improve impact resistance, lower glass transition temperature, or enhance processing properties. Medical : Acrylic has a favorable compatibility with the human tissue. Electrical : Plastic optical fiber used for short-range communication is made from PMMA or Acrylic plastic. Hence, CNC machines are a good fit with acrylic plastics. Acrylic is not the strongest plastic and is actually quite brittle.

Scientists to Transplant 3D Printed Ears for Children with Ear Deformities

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Tonight, the BBC will be airing an exciting special BBC Inside Out London special in which the show’s host, Dr. Ranj Singh, pays a visit to the lab of Professor Alex Selfalian at University College London where he and his team are in the process of 3D printing ears made from real human tissue.

3D Printing Cellulose, & Conductive Cellulose, for the First Time Ever

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What started with a few select plastics grew to include metals, ceramics, food, human tissue and now, cellulose – the stuff plants are made of. By Tarun Tampi. 3D printing is really coming full circle, at least as far as materials are concerned. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have developed a way to 3D print using cellulose -the most abundant organic material found on Earth. It’s not that wood and 3D printing don’t go together.

Inside the lab where scientists are 3D-printing a real working trachea

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The trachea can get damaged by tumors, during intubation—when a plastic tube is fed down the trachea to keep the windpipe open during surgery—or in an accident. Once they were happy with the plastic models, the real thing could be printed. One is just for printing plastic.

Top 6 Reasons Universities Are Buying 3D Printers

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Through the use of a bio-printer, which is capable of 3D printing human tissue, bone, muscle and ear structures have been created. researchers at Scotland’s Heriot-Watt University have developed a method of printing human embryonic stem cells as blobs.

Will.i.am calls for ethical stance on 3D-printing human bodies

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has called for “new morals, new laws and new codes” for 3D printing, a technology he says is evolving so rapidly that we will soon be able to print humans (+ interview). Humans – as great as we are – are pretty irresponsible. Will.i.am

Guide to Unusual 3D Printing Materials

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Human Body Experience. It is a mixture of plastic and 40-50% recycled wood chips. Human Body Experience. The 3D printer NOVOGEN MMX Bioprinter of Organovo is now able to print human tissue.

Five ways 3D printing is changing the world

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This process – which consists of printing layer upon layer of a material, usually plastic, to make an object out of a 3D digital drawing – has been around since the eighties. Advances have also been made in bioprinting, which uses a so-called ink made of cells and human tissue.

One of These is Not Like the Other

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Medical design companies and manufacturers are quickly fulfilling the demand for patient-specific care using 3D plastic and metal printers, as well as bioprinters that can create layers of human tissue. Cellular tissue layers are being printed, but not yet entire human organs.

The 3D Printers Are Coming: Dig More Coal?

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Thus the original and still common alternative name of additive manufacturing. The machines print head squirts and melts plastic or metal powders not only to specific dimensions and shapes but increasingly specific material compositions. Most of the action today is around 3D plastic printers where we find what amounts to toys, mainly including hobbyists, experiments, designers, educators and artists. Not to denigrate the utility of printing in plastic.