Thanks, Chuck, yes, this is certainly one area where 3D printing could be as revolutionary as the Internet. I wouldn't think it possible, but the idea of 3D printing a liver is almost beyond comprehension!
Fascinating story. It's easy to see how computer imaging makes it possible to develop "replacement parts" that can be made to custom fit individual needs but harder to understand how to "print" using such a diverse set of materials. Will be interesting to see how this plays out in the future. The possibilities seem endless for medical applications.
In doing this research, I found all of the innovation happening in the 3D printing world a bit mindblowing. Imagine needing a liver transplant and having it be generated on a 3D printer using live tissue? It's a bit creepy, yes, but also has incredible potential for affordability and accessibility for more people to receive the organs, tissue, limbs and other body parts they may need in the future without having to wear an uncomfortable prosthesis or wait on a long waiting list.
The company says it anticipates high-definition video for home security and other uses will be the next mature technology integrated into the IoT domain, hence the introduction of its MatrixCam devkit.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
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