Printing technology has come a long way in the 21st century, moving swiftly from two-dimensional into the realm of 3-D. Furniture, cars, shoes, a replica of King Tutankhamun—all have been made with 3-D printing technology.
However, it doesn't stop at material objects. In fact, using modified printer cartridges and extracted cells as the basis, scientists have a discovered a way in which to print human tissue. While this amazing concept is still at an early stage, the future of bioprinting (as it is commonly known) will allow for full organs and other human parts to be printed on demand for patients. Such a possibility will eventually wipe out the need for donor organs, which is a problem today considering the vast amount of patients in need of new organs.
Being ever enthusiastic about advances in print technology, our creative team at PrinterInks decided to develop an infographic about this hot topic with the help of US-based start-up biotech company Organovo, which is paving the way in bioprinting. Using Organovo’s expertise, we developed this infographic to portray how the process works, as well as highlight today's organ transplant figures and the importance of how much money is concentrated on research and development for drug testing each year.
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