The next step: 3D printing the human body

As 3D printing advances at an astonishing rate, will it soon be possible to 3D print a human body? Rhiannon Williams investigates.

Bioprinting, or the process of creating human tissues through 3D printers, is a highly contested area of technological innovation. Theoretically it could save the economy billions on a global scale, whilst boosting weak or war-torn countries’ access to more affordable health care and provision, whether producing prosthetic limbs or highly customised fully-working human organs.

From a technological perspective, the rise and development of 3D printing and its capabilities will play an undeniable part in our future lives. But how does the process work?

UK-based company PrinterInks has teamed up with US startup Organovo, a company specialised in designing and printing functional human tissue for medical research and therapeutic applications, to create a visual guide to the subject. … (Read more)

Source: Telegraph.com

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