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3 Real 3-D Printing Trends to Watch: New Modeling, More Precision, Better Education


Posted in Printing Services by Chris Wiltz on May 12, 2014

3 Real 3-D Printing Trends to Watch: New Modeling, More Precision, Better Education


New Modeling, More Precision, Better Education

While some hardcore enthusiats place us in a magical future where 3-D printing has solved all of society's ills, one cannot discount 3-D printing's effectiveness in augmented diagnosis and education. 3-D printed modeling is allowing doctors to replicate patient organs and cells with an as-before-unheard of level of detail for study and experimentation.

California-based startup Organovo has arguably taken up the forefront on this. The company uses bioprinters print complex tissues with natural architectures. From here diseases can be introduced and studied in a safe but natural environment. Drugs and other treatments can be conducted and observed in real time.
 
 Organovo uses bioprinting to create tissue and cell cultures for drug testing.
 
 
Also on the cellular level, Dr. Gordon Shepard [http://bbs.yale.edu/about/article.aspx?id=6188] at the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design (CEID) has 3-D printed an enlarged, fully accurate replicate of a human neuron. Before 3-D printing it was too difficult to replicate the geometry of a neuron. Now by using 3-D digital imaging researchers will be able to print models of specific neurons for detailed study.
 
 Yale researchers are printing large-scale models of neurons.
 
 
Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Nizar Zein and a team of researchers have developed a protocol for 3-D printing a replica of a patient's liver (including the vascular and biliary structures). In a study Zein and his team successfully recreated the livers of six patients who had undergone a living donor liver transplant. In a statement released by Cleveland Clinic Zein says the 3-D printed organs are nearly 100% accurate to the originals – allowing doctors to study structures close up.  
 
Researchers at Cleveland Clinic can print a highly accurate model of a patient's liver.
 
 
   

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