Human Organs on Demand: The Art of 3D-Bioprinting a Functioning Heart

Since the beginning of the history of medicine, the complexity of the human heart has been at the center of medical study. In Ancient Egypt, doctors had a pretty accurate knowledge of the internal organs and how they functioned. In particular, they knew a fair amount about the heart. This is interesting because despite embalming was a common practice for the Egyptians, the knowledge was not shared or used by doctors. In Ancient Egypt, invasive surgery was an almost unheard of practice. Yet, the

Virtual Human Modeling Spotlight: From 3D-Modeling to 3D-Bioprinting

3D-bioprinting, a state-of-the-art technology similar to 3D-printing, uses digital files as blueprints to create living tissues layer-by-layer. Bio-printers use cells and biomaterials to create organ-like structures which let living cells multiply. This rapid-prototyping can create living tissue, blood vessels, bone, skin, and whole organs such as the heart, making 3D-bioprinting a game changer in the future of medicine. Bioprinting has the potential of eradicating organ transplantation waiting

3D-Printed Electronics for Agile, On-Demand Manufacturing

Efficient electronics supply chains deal with demands such as an iPhone requiring components from suppliers in over 40 countries. The production volume throughout the supply chain is usually based on sales predictions. If demand remains as expected, this works well, with little waste, smoothly as a Swiss watch. However, if there is a sudden slight consumer change in tastes or requirements, if sales of a new product are a lot better or worse than expected, or if a particular part is needed unexp
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