Printing The Human Body [INFOGRAPHIC]

Mark O'Neill 30-06-2012

We are heading into an era of huge technological advances and achievements, especially in the field of medicine. Problems and conditions that may have literally been the death of you a hundred years ago may now be cured, simply by taking advantage of the latest medical technological breakthroughs. And 3D printing may have a huge part in that.

James has already introduced us to the concept of 3D printing Ultimate Beginner's Guide to 3D Printing 3D printing was supposed to be the new "Industrial Revolution." It hasn't taken over the world yet, but I'm here to talk you through everything you need to know to get started. Read More  (check out his other 3D printing articles here Two 3D Printers You Can Make Yourself For Around $1,000 Today I’d like to show you two specific projects that can built for more or less $1,000, both of which are fully functional 3D-plastic printers, and both of which are open-sourced and actively being developed. Read More , here The 3D Printing Revolution Leaps Ever Closer to Consumer Level 3D printers have been a reality for some time now, but if we're honest the majority of them are - let's say - for hobbyists. Although it's very impressive and meta to say that one... Read More and here 9 Apps To Easily Make 3D Printable Objects One of the problems with 3D printing is getting a hold of things to print. You can of course download pre-made objects from a variety of places like Thingiverse; but if you want something unique... Read More ), but one area which he did not touch on was bioprinting. This is the concept of using 3D printing to make human tissue and organs. In other words, printing the human body and constructing what a person needs. With today’s technology, it would take 10 days to make a liver, but with the speed that technology improves, who knows? We could eventually end up creating one instantly at the flick of a button, like the holodeck in Star Trek.

Today’s infographic shows the printing process for creating human cells.  It also gives you a timeline for the development of bioprinting, as well as showing the benefits for the pharmaceutical industry.

Let us know what you think of the infographic. Do you think it’s entirely feasible that one day we will have the ability to print human organs to order? Can you think of any downsides to the plan?  And if you were needing a new organ, would you accept one made by a 3D printer?  Let us know in the comments.

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Image Source: WanderingWhiteHorse

Related topics: 3D Printing, Health, Infographic.

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  1. Ale Bendersky
    August 13, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    mind blowing! when this turns to reality, we would have truly modify evolution in humans

  2. Timothy Liem
    August 3, 2012 at 9:10 am

    sounds a bit creepy to me. but it's a promising idea, though.

  3. Charlie Player
    July 31, 2012 at 12:52 am words to explain..

  4. D.J. Zebbie
    July 3, 2012 at 7:19 am

    And yet, call me a pessimist, but the idea is kind of scary when you think of the flipside. If this, transhumanism / "uploading" and human cloning ever make a perfect Lovecraftian mesh, sure you might be able to "print" your dead uncle Arnie just to hear him tell old WWII stories, but guess what, Godwin's law might also be in full effect: Uncle Arnie's arch enemy might fly out of that printer too. Or should I say, Godwin's amendment to Murphy's law: if anything can go wrong, it'll have something to do with Hitler. :-(

  5. Kayli S.
    July 1, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Just the idea of how many lives could some day be saved brings goosebumps. Having lost someone very dear to me because a new liver did not become available in time, this (albeit a long way from reality) brings hope that someday no one else will have to die waiting brings new hope. 12-15 people die everyday while waiting on a new organ.

  6. Todd Hodgins
    June 30, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    This is incredible! What a resourceful piece of "software"!

  7. Ben
    June 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Bioprinting? This is the first time I have had of it. Is this for real?

  8. jessemanalansan
    June 30, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Great Infographic! :)

  9. Yudono Ra
    June 30, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    wow, idk that :D (now i know)