For Immediate Release from BiotechCareers.com: 3-D Printing Has Taken Bio-Tech by Storm
BiotechCareers.com reports: Breathable, lightweight recyclable casts, prosthetic ears that can hear beyond the range of normal human ears, lightweight prosthetics which can be easily replaced and remolded for growing children, and the potential for compatible internal organs, which would reduce and potentially eventually eliminate the need for human donors as well as reducing the potential for patient rejection. These are just a few of the many recent developments in 3-D biotech printing.
Seattle, WA, March 17th:
The potentials seem endless as this new innovation of reproducing materials has the world caught up in an excitement not seen since the creation of synthetic polymers. It has yet to be seen if this will be a comparable revolution. The potential is certainly there. Research scientists in biotechnology across the globe have been working with this technology and finding applications in everything from medical devices, osteopathy, to organ transplants, heart valves, lung tissue, bone implants and stem cell growth. While some areas may not see their applications become standardized for several years, others are already implementing their discoveries.
A carpenter in South Africa who had lost four fingers on his right hand from a work accident was able to use the technology to send his design ideas for a prosthetic hand for children to a mechanical props designer in the US. The pair were able to collaborate across 10,000 miles and each hold same identical piece in their hands while hammering out details, significantly quickening the pace at which they could develop their prototype.
“It’s also important to not overlook the job potential here. We’re talking about a whole new area opening up; and with stock prices rising in 3-D technologies, businesses are going to want to staff more positions. The information is right there in the headlines, bio-tech, medical devices, all of these areas are being affected. Any time there is a boom for business and investors, that’s good news for jobseekers who are willing to think outside the box,” advises Del Johnston of BiotechCareers.com.
There is already a prototype cast developed by a Victoria University of Wellington graduate. The cast is breathable, washable and lightweight. The slim design fits under clothing, unlike current counterparts. Already one 3-D printing company creates 60,000 sets of transparent custom-made molds that the wearer changes every two weeks to realign the teeth.
While replicating entire human organs may still be years away, scientists believe that replicating tissue for drug testing may not be that far away. This could offer scientists the advantage of offering risk free trials of specific tissue samples, offering an inexpensive alternative to animal and human drug trials.
“The replication technology is amazing. It’s fast moving, which can be a little intimidating at first. However, the potentials are also significant when you think about applications in drug testing getting away from human and animal trials and using just replicated tissue samples, especially if they could be taken directly from you. Think about that. That is a kind of personalized healthcare that could really benefit people and here is a technology that has the potential to do that. That is a very exciting idea,” says Del Johnston of BiotechCareers.com.
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