Bioprinting has recently shown many potentials in creating body parts and organs for the benefit of various industries, such as material science, bioengineering, the pharmaceutical industry, and the medical field. For the uninitiated, this process is a form of additive manufacturing that utilises biocompatible materials known as “bioinks” to create and print body structures layer by layer. As a result, these body parts or organs look like natural living systems and have the potential to emulate their functions.
In this article, we will discuss four body organs or parts ideal for your bioprinting project:
Over the past years, did you know that the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that about 10 million people worldwide needed eye surgery to prevent corneal scarring? Along with this is the fact that almost five million people are already suffering from complete blindness. For these reasons, researchers have developed and considered the use of bioprinting to create 3D printed artificial cornea for people in need of corneal transplants. Ultimately, this bioprinting technology can help address the vision problems experienced on a global scale!
Another breakthrough is how bioprinting has allowed for the creation of a 3D printed artificial heart. A team of Israeli researchers recently came up with a bioprinted heart that has the size of a cherry, consisting of cells, blood vessels, ventricles, and chambers. The American BIOLIFE4D company has also recently succeeded in printing a miniature human heart with ventricles and cavities. Although this is just the beginning of the bioprinting industry and the advancements that have risen, this will soon be instrumental in producing heart transplant alternatives.
The liver is one organ of the body that can be considered for bioprinting. In fact, the researchers at the University of São Paulo in Brazil recently created miniature versions of a human liver from blood cells. It took them about three months to complete this project, from the acquisition of the patient’s blood up to the production of tissue. These liver organoids perform functions such as protein production, vitamin storage, and bile secretion. With advanced studies, more bioprinted livers will be produced and used with the same size and function as that of a real organ!
The kidney is one of the first organs that was bioprinted. In fact, the Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine produced a 3D-printed kidney back in 2011. It took him and his team seven hours to produce this through organ design from stem cells. While the organ didn’t survive for long, it opened the doorway to many potential breakthroughs in the future with the use of bioprinting technology.
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At this point, we’ve covered four body organs or parts that can be created and printed for your bioprinting project—corneas, heart, liver, and kidney. To that end, be sure to consider all the valuable information discussed above before starting your bioprinting project. Ultimately, 3D printing has come a long way in its technological growth and progress for people’s benefit—and there is more to come!
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