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3D Printing would have seemed like a fantasy a few years ago, but that is what science does – it captures fantasies and produces them as realities. With the advent of 3D Printing, the face of material production has been revolutionised. It is interesting what the 3D printers could print these days. It isn’t just fascinating; it is also very helpful in many fields including the medical field. 3D printing materials have actually taken a new step at changing the way we know the world – at least the world of material production.
Designers and scientist have put in a lot of research and invested a lot of time to make 3D printing manufacture several materials which can be safely used – and sometimes consumed. Does that raise an eyebrow? Well, keep reading to find out what it is all about! The material production world is heavily using 3D printers in certain areas of production, profitably. Let’s take a look at some of these productions of the amazing 3D print world –
Full-colour sandstone is a material product that can be used to produce a creation in almost any colour. When one uses the term “any colour”, it means that it can be used to produce something of any combination of colours quite accurately in shape and structure. This is a 3D printing material that is increasingly growing popular among many fields, which may include but are not limited to architecture, fashion and interior decoration. Full-colour sandstone may be efficiently used to make 3D models at an architectural firm, character models for television or fashion, and several décor materials used to decorates someone’s house interiors.
You need not re-read the subtopic again – as mentioned earlier, 3D printing material includes things that can be consumed, and chocolate just one of them. Research over a period of time has led to the development of this fantastic and delicious material produced by 3D printers. Computer-aided-manufacturing systems, that are the major software used in 3D printers, has been used by chocolate manufacturers and chefs with a 3D printing research team to produce delicious treats in the perfect shapes – desired.
Medical practitioners and doctors with the help of 3D printer experts have used 3D printing material to print something that is similar to a bone structure and is same in its components. These structures have been used to treat cases where extreme bone damages were recovered with this material. The bone grows back with the bone-material structure as a support and later dissolves it.
Doctors, bio-chemical engineers, pharmacists and obviously 3D print experts have been working together at coming up with a system that uses a 3D printer to 3D print pills or medicines. It is revolutionary in its attempt. How this will change the face of the pharmacy business is only a speculation at the point of time; however, many doctors are of the opinion that this may even bring a direction where doctors could 3D print the pills according to the needs of the patient and directly hand it to them, instead of merely prescribing them.
Bio-ink is a name given to the materials that are 3D printed by biomedical professionals to benefit the patients. Cells and stem-cells are taken from the patients to use it to form the material to be 3D printed. 3D print materials obtained through this method have been of a wide variety. The 3D printer has used cells and stem-cells to create tissues, bladders, blood-vessels and even partial kidneys and livers. Doctors are of the opinion that if this method can be promoted then the organ transplants can be done without having to donate organs at all.
Very similar to the bio-ink technology, biomedical professional and 3D printing material engineers have found a new method of regenerating skin. Skin can now be regenerated or rather 3D printed in a 3D printer. Doctors are hoping that the further development of this field can help treat burn victims better. It can also be considered a great asset to the cosmetic surgery “industry” (if one may dare to call it so).
These are some fascinating ways in which 3D printing material is changing the face of the world, as we know of it. It is only a matter of time before we see miracles being worked out especially in the medical field with the help of 3D printing technology.
Jean Grey is an online blogger for IPrint Technologies. She like to blog on different tips for using 3D printers.