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Role of 3d bioprinting technology in organ transplantation

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Over the past years, the application of 3D bioprinting technology has been expanded from the technology niche to the healthcare industry by fabricating tissues with complex features like organ length cells.

Over the past years, the application of 3D bioprinting technology has been expanded from the technology niche to the healthcare industry by fabricating tissues with complex features like organ length cells. Few 3D printing technologies like material jetting and selective laser are already being used in the medical industry to implement a wide range of equipment such as orthopaedic implants, surgical guides etc.

Now, days where doctors will be able to print a human organ, are not far. The progressions in 3d bioprinting technology can accomplish it. Scientists are working on developing a machine that can print human organs... yes, Human Organs!!

“Technology made large populations possible, now large populations now make technology indispensable” – Joseph Krutch

3D printing also called as additive manufacturing has been in use for more than 25 years now. But with the recent developments in bio 3d printing technology, new printable plastics and metals it is possible to build more complex parts and products, layer by layer. This outstanding qualities of 3D Bioprinting technology inspired the researchers to adopt this technology for bioprinting of human organs.

Why 3D Bioprinting in implementing artificial human organs?

3D bioprinting technology is all about the strategic replacement of valves and big vessels. Tissues like skin or liver can be used in drug discovery. Furthermore, 3D bioprinting gives more realistic and efficient results when compared to 2D printing. This is the main reason why most of the tissue engineers, biologist and experts are showing their interest in developing the solutions for reconstruction through tissue engineering approach.

Working on 3D Bioprinting

3D bioprinting uses bio-ink as the printing material. Bio-ink is a technology that utilizes the patient’s own skin cells that can be re-programmed and applied in placing the artificial human organs. Furthermore, the bio-ink are deposited onto a gel in layers, forming 3D printed biological structure.

Observations

3D bioprinting technology is indeed a boon to the medical world. The only problem with the 3D bioprinting technology is its expensiveness. Only a few people will be able to afford this treatment. Also, these 3D bioprinting machines could be made able to work under the proper health care infrastructure.

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