Prosthetic limbs have long been a part of society, dating back to the Egyptian times, traveling through to fictional Captain Ahab and his notorious peg leg, and now to the modern day world. However, yesterday’s scary-looking body part is tomorrow’s 3-D printed miracle.
There are a wide variety of items you can print using a 3-D printer, and we can now add “body parts” to the list. Here are a few limbs we can create in a lab and attach to anybody who needs it.
It’s an absolute tragedy when somebody loses an ear, or is born with a condition. The inability to hear is a shock to anybody’s system, which is why ears were one of the first limbs researchers thought to create.
What’s that? No more painful, time-consuming, expensive kidney failure treatments? Well, almost. Fully-functioning 3-D printed kidneys aren’t a thing just yet, but when they are, doctors will be able to create perfect kidney matches for any patient.
Yes, even some of the tiniest body parts can be recreated using 3-D printers. The vessels are created using corn-based ingredients, which helps the system pump nutrients and sugar through your body.
Skin is almost a no-brainer. It’s not a particularly difficult process (speaking comparatively to say, growing a heart), and is very much needed. Although, once this awesome skin gun hits the market, 3-D printed grafts may not be so necessary.
Creating a ceramic bone to replace lost limbs is a fantastic idea, considering that our bones are already 70% ceramic. Using these printed bones, doctors can mend fractures, chips, and other such defects.
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