The plausibility of 3D printing of custom-made human organs could be implemented in coming years. University of Wollongong (UOW) scientists are the first to bring this medical revolution to reproduce human body parts using 3D printing technology. Researchers from UOW’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) and St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, announced that they are just three years away from printing custom-made body parts, including muscle and nerve cells and cartilage.
“It is already possible to print 3D biocompatible plastics and metals to manufacture patient-specific implants,” Said Professor Gordon Wallace, ACES director.
Moreover, manufacturing living tissues like skin, cartilage, arteries and heart valves using patient’s own cells are also conceivable during the next few years.