Carnegie Mellon Researchers Try to Rebuild Hearts Using Biomaterials Printed with Inexpensive Printers (Video)

As of this month, over 4,000 Americans are on the waiting list to receive a heart transplant. With failing hearts, these patients have no other options; heart tissue, unlike other parts of the body, is unable to heal itself once it is damaged. Fortunately, recent work by a group at Carnegie Mellon could one day lead to a world in which transplants are no longer necessary to repair damaged organs. Continue reading “Carnegie Mellon Researchers Try to Rebuild Hearts Using Biomaterials Printed with Inexpensive Printers (Video)”

Bioprinted Valves That Grow: How 3D Printing is Transforming Heart Surgery (VIDEO)

Technology is transforming the field of cardiac surgery. At Henry Ford Innovation Institute, physicians are using 3D printing to model exact replicas of hearts to allow surgeons to explore a patient’s specific anatomy before planning out treatment and surgery based on each person’s individualized needs and risks. Continue reading “Bioprinted Valves That Grow: How 3D Printing is Transforming Heart Surgery (VIDEO)”

3D Printed Organ Evolution Continues with BioAssemblyBot

Whenever there is a hurdle on 3D bioprinting, it only takes a few months to overcome it and, although fully functional and complex 3D printed organs may realistically be as far away as two or more decades, technological evolution is moving so fast that even that paradigm may be questioned. And the new BioAssemblyBot (BAB) launched by Kentucky-based Advanced Solutions intends to do just that, by 3D printing a functioning human heart. Continue reading “3D Printed Organ Evolution Continues with BioAssemblyBot”

Callout for a 3D Printable Heart Library

3D printing is helping to improve heart surgeries. A 3D printed heart allows surgeons to investigate the damaged heart before going in for surgery. While in the past, the only option would be to go into heart surgery without knowing what might be encountered, with the 3D printed model of the damaged heart, surgeons know exactly what to prepare for before surgery. This makes surgeries safer, and gives the patient’s loved ones comfort. Continue reading “Callout for a 3D Printable Heart Library”