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2/20/2014
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3D Printing Reshapes Healthcare

Printed livers, ears, hands, and eyes? 3D printing can change and save lives.
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5/22/2014 | 8:51:14 AM
Re: 3D printing technologies in medicine
Thanks for the additional link, @Mike. I tell you, every week it seems you'll find a new article about different ways in which researchers or doctors are using 3D printing for healthcare. I can only imagine where we'll be in another 12 to 24 months as materials (the actual "ink" used to generate organs, blood, etc.) improve. Very, very exciting.
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3/5/2014 | 9:00:34 PM
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Healthcare is such a natural fit for 3D printing, and the uses are incredible. Looking forward to watching this industry grow.
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3/3/2014 | 5:26:55 PM
Re: 3D Bioprinting
That is amazing. These doctors and researchers are doing an incredible job of saving lives and giving hope where once there was none. Imagine what it will be like in another decade.
Susan Fourtané
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2/23/2014 | 5:02:25 AM
Re: Love the skull
Alison, 

It's a matter of time. Organ transplants depending on organ donors will one day be thing of the past. And with it, many other doors will open to improve health condition and life expectansy.

-Susan 
Susan Fourtané
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2/23/2014 | 4:33:33 AM
3D-printed heart
David, 

This is no science fiction. :) 

"A team of cardiovascular scientists has announced it will be able to 3D print a whole heart from the recipients' own cells within a decade.

Bioprinting is advancing quite fast. There is a special bioprinter under construction for this, and it will be able to print a heart in three hours. Isn't it fascinating?

-Susan  
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2/21/2014 | 5:12:59 PM
Re: Love the skull
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. 
Marilyn Cohodas
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2/21/2014 | 5:03:16 PM
Re: Love the skull
Thanks, Alison. Is there any research being done tying sensor and 3D printing. That seems like it would open up a lot of possibilities.
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2/21/2014 | 4:58:52 PM
Re: Love the skull
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.
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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! 
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2/21/2014 | 12:10:36 PM
Re: Love the skull
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.
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