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David F. Carr
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2/20/2014 | 12:32:32 PM
Love the skull
Good to know spare body parts are available to order.
Alison_Diana
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2/20/2014 | 2:30:46 PM
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I wonder how long it'll be before plastic surgeons print out 'better' noses or chins on-demand?! 
David F. Carr
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2/20/2014 | 4:25:05 PM
Make sure you read to the end: last picture is priceless
The concept of printing braces for children with muscular/skeletal disorders, resizing as they grow, is brilliant.
Susan FourtanÚ
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2/21/2014 | 6:44:25 AM
Re: Love the skull
David, 

In the future, you will be able to have a complete spare set of organs available for you in case of needing a transplant. If they are 3D printed using your own cells there is no risk of your body rejecting them. 

-Susan
David F. Carr
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2/21/2014 | 11:37:34 AM
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I do prefer that to the Larry Niven future in which bootleg organs harvested from the living become a core criminal enterprise and convicts get carved up for their spare parts.
Alison_Diana
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2/21/2014 | 12:10:36 PM
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There is such a dearth of organs for transplant that researchers hope 3D printing could one day replace the need for the whole concept of the transplant waiting list.That woudl be fantastic.
Marilyn Cohodas
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2/21/2014 | 4:47:42 PM
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This is a remarkable slide show. I had no idea that 3D printing was so sophisticated and that healthcare is doing such remarkable things with it! 
Alison_Diana
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2/21/2014 | 4:58:52 PM
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Healthcare is one of the three leaders in 3D printing. In the next 10 years, it's going to be even more exciting, based on what the experts in this area are saying. It truly is amazing what researchers and doctors are doing in their labs and surgery theaters around the world. One of my favorites is the three-year-old back surgery. It happened such a long time ago, in tech years, and the gentleman is apparently going strong after his innovative operation.
Marilyn Cohodas
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2/21/2014 | 5:03:16 PM
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Thanks, Alison. Is there any research being done tying sensor and 3D printing. That seems like it would open up a lot of possibilities.
Alison_Diana
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2/21/2014 | 5:12:59 PM
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Wake Forest is one of the leaders. It has a partnership with the US Army and some other organizations. It's trying, for example, to print skin directly onto the body to help burn and battle-injured victims. I believe they are experimenting with sensors, as are some of the other leading universities and bio tech firms, formed specifically to focus on this area. 
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