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The Power of 3D Printing for Prototyping, and Cost
3D Printing has revolutionized industries like biomedical devices and touchscreens, offering many benefits. In implantable biomedical devices, this technology enables customization and rapid prototyping. It allows for the creation of intricate designs with complex geometries, utilizing a variety of materials. This customization ensures a better fit and improved patient outcomes. Moreover, 3D Printing expedites prototyping and iteration, allowing designers to test different touchscreen designs quickly. This accelerates development and reduces time-to-market and costs. The cost-effectiveness of 3D Printing is particularly advantageous for small-scale or customized production runs. By harnessing the power of this technology, the production of implantable biomedical devices and touchscreens becomes more efficient, accessible, and tailored to specific needs. As 3D printing technology evolves, we can anticipate even more incredible advancements and innovations in these fields.
Using 3D printing to improve implantable biomedical devices, touchscreens and more.
Scientists at Stanford using stem cells to 3D-Print Heart Tissue
Using stem cells to 3D-Print heart tissue is an exciting development in regenerative medicine. The research was conducted by a team of scientists at Stanford University and published in Nature Communications in 2021.
The scientists used induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to create heart tissue that could be used to repair damaged heart tissue. iPSCs are a type of stem cell that can be generated from adult cells, such as skin cells, and reprogrammed into a pluripotent state, meaning they can develop into any cell in the body.
The researchers created a bio-ink of the iPSCs and a supporting matrix, which they then used to 3D-Print heart tissue with a complex microarchitecture that closely mimics the structure of actual heart tissue. By using 3D Printing to create personalized heart tissue from a patient’s stem cells, it could be possible to replace damaged heart tissue with healthy, functional tissue.
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