For some, 3D printing technology is still difficult to understand, especially if they were not able to have a first-hand experience with it. This technology can be a bit surprising for some- imagine being able to produce things that we haven’t imagined would be possible in this day. Generally, this printing takes a digital model, also known as blueprint that is created via a software. This is then printed in layers or materials like plastic, metal, glass, ceramic, and then assembled layer by layer. There are a lot of big manufacturers that utilize this technology to manufacture electrical appliance, airplane parts, etc.
But today, especially in Melbourne, 3D printing has been making a buzz in the medical industry. Although a few of the things that this technology has made possible may sound like unbelievable, they really are happening. Below are some examples of them.
Advancements in Medical Industry through 3D Printing
Although there is still a lot to develop the technology for surgical uses, researchers and scientists are now successfully printing kidney cells, foundations of human liver, and sheets of cardiac tissues. With this development, it’s no wonder that a few years from now, it will be possible to print the entire human organ.
2. Stem Cells
Stem cells are known to have their own regenerative properties which means that they can produce various types of human tissue. Today, stem cells can be bio printed in school research labs. Also, stem cell printing is considered to be the predecessor to printing other types of tissues and may soon lead to cell printing directly to the body parts.
It would be such a big help to burn victims if skin grafts can be printer, as well as to skin cancer patients, as well as other diseases that may affect the epidermis of the skin. With the help of the technology, scientists are now developing skin graft-printing that is directly applied to burn victims.
4. Bone and Cartilage
In the past few years, prototyped-tissue bioprinting for cartilage has been made possible because of 3d printing. There are some scientists as well who bio printed stem cells and are now working hard toward achieving the same results for bone bioprinting and other parts of the skeletal system.
5. Surgical Tools
It’s so amazing that even surgical tools can be printed using the technology. Some of the examples that have been successfully printed include hemostats, forceps, clamps, and scalpel handles.
The medical industry in Melbourne or Australia in general tends to be very competitive. And since there is a need for constant development in this field, this makes this technology a perfect addiction to achieve promising results and to help more people in the future.