Over the past few years, the medical community’s use of 3D printing services has exploded.Engineers and medical professionals can now routinely 3D print prosthetic hands and surgical tools.But 3D printing services are only beginning to change the landscape.
Now, a series of rapidly emerging technologies called bio-printing promises to push the boundaries even further.Bio-printing USES 3D printers and 3D printing services to create three-dimensional structures of biomaterials from cells to biochemical substances by precisely locating them layer by layer.The ultimate goal is to replicate normally functioning tissues and materials, such as organs, and transplant them into humans.
In a collaboration between bournemouth university law school in the UK and st Louis university in the us, we have been planning the adoption of 3D printing services in healthcare, particularly bio-printing.From a technical and scientific perspective, the future looks promising, but how to regulate bio-printing and its products is far from clear.This uncertainty could be problematic for both the manufacturer and the patient, and could prevent bio-printing from fulfilling its promise.
From 3D printing to bio-printing
Bio-printing originated from 3D printing.In general, 3D printing refers to all the techniques used to make objects from the data described in a digital 3D model using the process of connecting materials layer by layer.Although initially used in a limited range of applications, the technology is now widely accepted as a manufacturing system for a wide range of industrial applications.Now, companies are using educational tools like 3d-printed car parts, frog anatomy kits and even 3d-printed houses.Both the us air force and British airways are developing ways to 3D print aircraft parts.
In medicine, doctors and researchers use 3D printing services for a variety of purposes.It can be used to produce exact copies of a patient’s body parts.In reconstructive and plastic surgery, “biological models” implemented with special software tools can be used to customize implants for patients.For example, although human heart valves have not yet been transplanted into humans, they are now being 3d-printed in several different ways.In the past few years, significant advances have been made in 3D printing methods, such as dentistry.