3D Printing Technology and Medical Science


Three Dimensional (3D) printing is one of the most innovative and advanced technologies available to mankind. This technology, which was developed in the mid-80s, was initially used only in certain manufacturing industries. However, in the last few years various companies from around the world have enhanced this technology to make it useful to the masses. These days, 3D printing technology is even used in the field of medical science. Scientists and researchers from across the planet have been working continuously to apply this technology in the medical science. By doing so, they are trying to make various treatments accessible to the people.

A new approach integrating the research line of regenerative medicine has been developed by the United States based company called Organovo. This US based company has developed a new technology that will allow doctors to use specific 3D printers capable of making new human tissues. Even other researchers, working for government agencies and private firms, around world have been working on redefining tissue engineering with the help of 3D printing technology. Scientists speculate it will allow them to grow human cells, skin, muscles, or kidney, in 3D, within a very short period of time.

This latest innovation could enable researchers and doctors to create artificial organs naturally. The technological solution from Organovo, although not immediately available in its full capacity, has a lot of advantages. It can be used in the production of blood vessels, allowing researchers to surpass important limitations of regenerative medicine. Having said that, we have to admit that there are quite a few limitations to this technique as well, and they can only be removed with further research in this field. Also, this 3D technology from Organovo is at an experimental stage and is pending approval.

In the future, researchers aim to utilize bio printing technique, with the help of 3D printing technology, for naturally developing artificial human organs. The strong growth in the field of tissue engineering, which has been encountered recently, combined with techniques such as 3D printing and bio printing, demonstrate the strong potential of regenerative medicine. However, we need more researchers, engineers and scientists from around the world to work on this field. They can combine their knowledge and come up with great innovations in the field of medical science, with the help of 3D printing technology.