3D Bioprinting Advances
Helping future patients who may need transplants
3D laser scanning has taken the world by a storm and has created tidal waves in the technological world. It has become useful in a variety of fields because it can help in many different areas. This technology was built in the 1960s but never gained adoption until the 1990s.
This technology comes in many different forms. Some are handheld devices, and others are on a mobile that can move over rough terrain. This technology takes thousands of pictures of an object or scene per second, collecting information. Details are collected like color, texture, size, and shape, as well as any small scratches on the surface that may go missed by humans.
Once this data is collected, it gets sent to the cloud, where it is then stored forever. This technology can be a useful reference or create a storage space that takes up no physical space. After everything is stored in the cloud, it can be sent across the world in under a few moments, printed into a 3D model, or created into virtual reality.
What is bioprinting
Bioprinting is the process of printing tissue-like structures. It is created layer by layer using bioink to create human organs and body parts that can be used. It is a slow-going process, and kinks still need to be worked out to make it accessible to everyone. It is closely related to 3D laser printing. It does not print objects but prints actual body parts that, in theory, could be used in a person.
Why it could be useful
3D bioprinting could help future patients get off the waiting list who need an organ transplant. Millions a year go without organ or tissue transplants because they have no donor, or it’s too late. This technology could change the way people get new organs. It could change the timing of the organ transplant. Instead of waiting till an organ is ready from a donor, doctors or bioengineers can print one in little to no time. This technology could save thousands of lives in the future.
Who else can use 3D scanning
3D laser scanning may seem like it’s only for bioengineers or doctors, but it’s not, it can be for anyone who wants to learn about an object. It is used as a study aid by students, who need to scan items and be able to study the scans later on.
It is for engineers or project managers rebuilding a historical site trying to preserve the original architecture for tourists to walk back into. Museums are continuously adopting this technology to protect our history in order to share with future generations.
This technology has boomed over the last couple of years. As we continue to adopt it in various fields, the more advanced it will become. It could help restore homes, help students get better grades, and it could help enrich our everyday lives. There are so many uses this technology has to offer, and it will continue to be adopted globally.