Printing technology has come a long way in the 21stcentury, moving swiftly from two dimensional into the realm of 3D. Furniture,cars, shoes, a replica of King Tutankhamun – these are all things that havebeen made with 3D printing technology. However, it doesn’t stop at material objects. In fact, using modified printer cartridges and extracted cells as the basis, scientists have a discovered a way in which to print human tissue. While this amazing concept isstill at an early stage, the future of bioprinting (as it’s commonly known) will allow for full organs and other human parts to be printed on demand for patients. Such a possibility will eventually wipe out the need for donor organs, which isa problem today considering the vast amount of patients in need of new organs.
Being ever enthusiastic about advances in print technology, our creative team at PrinterInks decided to develop an infographic about this hot topic with the help of US based start-up Organovo; who are responsible for paving the way in bioprinting. Using Organovo’s expertise, we developed an infographic to portray how the process works, aswell as highlight today’s organ transplant figures and the importance of how much money is concentrated on research and development for drug testing each year.
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