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Bioprinting Cells, Organs, and New Body Parts

The healthcare industry continues to grow and build with the use of 3D printing and digital data integration.

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is more commonly known for printing objects with plastic-based molding. In 2014, the 3D-printing industry grew by 35.2%, and experienced a slight slowdown in 2015. The field has bounced back in 2016. The future is looking bright for the 3D technology industry.

3D Printing Industry reported: ‘Starting in 2017, hospitals in Dubai will introduce 3D printers to prepare surgeons for medical procedures: according to a senior health officer in the country.’

This shows how additive manufacturing in the medical field is opening up and growing in markets such as India.

The Harvard Business Review noted: ‘3D-printed skin for burn victims and airway splints for babies with tracheobronchomalacia, which makes the tiny airways around the lungs prone to collapsing. The airway splints are especially significant since they are the first 3D implant made for kids and they’re designed to grow with the patient.’

HBR also noted the price for 3D technology is decreasing, and opening up more opportunities for greater use in the near future.

In the TED Talk below, Dr. Sam Wadsworth explains how he sees the future with bioprinted human airways and organs. His discussion is not too far away from current reality.

3D Bioprinting is Medicines Next Frontier | Sam Wadsworth | TEDxEastVan