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3D Human Tissue Printing: The Next Big Revolution in Healthcare

June, 2018

3D Human Tissue Printing

The new era for 3D printing will breakthrough the attention of many medical fields and bring promising steps in near future. The advances in 3D printing techniques will revolutionize healthcare due to its potential benefits to surgeons, individuals, and other medical professions. 3D printing is exciting and will diverse its application from consumer products to even consumable food. Today, 3D printing is adopted in several universities and research and development facilities with huge investment – ‘the future of commercial bioprinting systems for medical is closer than expected’.

Imagine a 3D printer having the ability to engineer tissue and organs on demand, which will reduce the long years wait of many patients who go through to receive a transplant. Many researchers are currently focusing the need for human organ transplant. The 3D printing system is integrated with advanced computer softwares that will apply layer on layer with specific material and mold it until the final product. Choosing the right material with standard bioprinting production such as inkjet, laser induced forwards transfer (LIFT), microwave, and extrusion will yield many products. Emerging applications such as toxicity testing, tissue engineering, drug discovery, and consumer testing is expected to have high R&D involvement having better compatibility in the market.

3D bioprinting facts:  

  • 3D printing in regenerative medicine produced objects can be: homogenous tissues, cell/biomaterials composites, and porous scaffolds

  • CAD and advanced imaging techniques such as MRI, CT, and rapid prototyping has advanced the fabrication of structures with both micro and microarchitecture control

  • Solid free from fabrication (SFF) has enabled the fabrication and design of complex 3D models that are patient specific

  • SFF methods are widely used in building 3D biomedical devices in layer by layer process: creating a 3D model, slice the 3D computer model, fabricate the build, and finish with any post processing (surface modification)

  • 3D printing systems has advantage of control over both macro and microarchitecture giving the overall shape

Scientists are expecting the bioprinters that can even enable bionic organs – where the body parts not only restore but can extend the human ability. The systems today are showing remarkable mastery in biology and tissue engineering. This will help the entire transplantable organs that is facing a huge challenge across the globe. As per statistics, there are more than 120,000 individuals waiting for organ transplant and are in the current waiting list. This list is growing by 3,600 every year. The odds of finding a suitable match and the issue of supply and demand will decline when bioprinting organs with cells grown from individuals own body helping surgeons to churn out the perfect match.

- Azhar
Healthcare Market Research