3D Organ Printing

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The field of bioprinting, using 3D printing technology for producing live cells with extreme accuracy, could be the answer to many of the problems we as humans face in the medical field. It could be the end to organ waiting lists and an alternative for organ transplants. In 3D printing technology lies the potential to replace the testing of new drugs on animals. However, the idea of applying 3 dimensional printing to the health industry is still quite new and yet to have a major impact. Manufacturing working 3D organs remains an enormous challenge, but in theory could solve major issues present today. The process starts with a concept or idea.(Mashable) The first stage of 3D printing is planning out this concept with either computer aided design or animation modeling software. There are tons of programs out there today with these capabilities. Google SketchUp for example is known for being easy to use.(3ders) Using some easy tools that can be learned quickly, edges and faces can come together to make very intricate models. It can even be used with Google Earth. All those models of the world in that software are made in what is basically the same process digitally. Blender is the free 3D creation program that exists for the needs of major operating systems.(3ders) It is a high end software containing features that are much more capable than Google SketchUp. Tinkercad is a newer way of creating designs for 3D printers and works slightly faster than the others.(3ders) Containing only three simple tools, it’s effectiveness for creating models is among the best.. Every single program will be able to create a virtual diagram and outline of the concept being implemented on the printer. Then the program divides the concept into digital ... ... middle of paper ... ...Boland, Thomas Trusk, Gabor Forgacs, and Roger R. Markwald. Organ Printing: Computer-aided Jet-based 3D Tissue Engineering. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Nov. 2013. MSU, Jeremy. "Tiny 3D-Printed Liver Slices Pave Way for Growing Organs." LiveScience.com. Live Science, 06 Nov. 2013. Web. 22 Nov. 2013. "The Need Is Real: Data." Organdonor.gov | Welcome to Organdonor.gov. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, n.d. Web. 15 Dec. 2013. "Potential Risks of Transplant Surgery." - UC Davis Health System Transplant Center. UC Davis, n.d. Web. 15 Dec. 2013. "Scientists Have 3D-Printed Mini Human Livers for the First Time Ever." Gizmodo. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Dec. 2013. "Transplant Australia." Transplant AU. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Dec. 2013. "XENOTRANSPLANTATION: The Benefits and Risks of Special Orga Transplantation." BIO. Biotechnology Industry Organization, n.d. Web. 15 Dec. 2013.

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