Nowadays, there is an increasing number of people waiting for an organ transplant. And many of them are condemned to a hard life or even death, simply because there are not enough organs to satisfy the requirements.
Science and technology have been battling with this issue for a long time now, and they are starting to see some results. For some years now, additive manufacturing or 3D printing as some call it has seen a lot of developments, especially in the medical area.
It is expected that this new manufacturing field will have a blast in the near future, given the fact that it has already started to bloom.
Scientists can now print artificial organs, by converting medical scans into moulds. The resulting organ is functional, has the same colour and consistency as the real thing and more, they even cut, feel, bleed and function like the real, natural ones.
Furthermore, a Romanian startup is preparing to launch on the market a new product called Symme3D, a 3D printer which has the ability to print live tissue. It can print bones, skin, cartilages, blood vessels and can even contribute to cancer treatments.
The product has been launched at MedTec Europe with the message that it can contribute to the medical revolution, with the company adapting its former ways of 3D printing for one of the future fields: biotechnology.
“With these complementary technologies bring the first 3D printing industrial consumer healthcare industry. Technology Biotech Symme3D One 3D printing allows an unlimited number of cancerous tumours for the purpose of medical research without risking contamination or live culture necrosis caused by life support processes of biological material and print an unlimited duration,” said Călin Brandabur, founder at Symme3D.
The price for one of these 3D printers starts at ten thousand euros rising to €25-30,000, but if you think that it could save many lives then it could work out to be a great investment.
Still, it’s a start for a medical revolution. And the day that people won’t have to wait for an organ transplant is getting closer and closer.