What can be made on a 3D printer, or should we be saying what can’t be made on a 3D printer. The list of what has been made on a 3D printer gets longer and longer everyday and with the mainstreaming of affordable 3D printing systems such as the RapMan 3.1 this isn’t going to stop anytime soon. Because 3D printers are now not only an extremely expensive piece of commercial equipment more and more people are going to have access to the new technology. The more people that have access to these awesome machines the more we will see both high end and low end 3d printers being used in everyday life.
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That’s correct, scientists are now printing organic material – real, living cells – to create arteries and other tissues, and hoping to eventually print full on organs like kidneys and hearts. The San Diego-based company, Organovo, has developed a 3D printer that uses two inkjet cartridges to print the living goo that makes up your guts. The hacked ink cartridges are filled with live cells and hydrogel, a material that’s sprayed down and forms a scaffolding for the cells to form on. It takes 24-48 hours for the cells to bond and become an organ.
Organovo expects to ship its 3D organ printers to researchers this year, and in 3 years they expect to be using them in human trials.