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.
Fifty-six-year-old Pasquale Russo has been doing metalwork for more than 30 years in a tiny southern Italy village. Many craftsmen like him brought with them fabrication skills when they came from the Old World to America.
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