Much has been said in the past about the power and potential of 3D printers, but the technology itself continues to evolve and deliver new experiences over time. The latest applications of its use are changing both third-world accessibility to important medical supplies and bringing sci-fi to the cutting edge of the health care world.
According to TreeHugger, while Haiti is still struggling to come back from the destructive earthquake it suffered in 2010, 3D printing is helping to provide new means for important resources. A project called iLab Haiti is working to bring MakerBot 3D printers to Port-au-Prince to prototype basic medical supplies such as umbilical cord clamps, with the end goal of newfound resource fulness.
While the products made aren’t quite ready for use in the field, future developments are expected to quickly drag the technology to the peak of the market. As of now, iLab Haiti plans to work with companies that own the technology in question, aiming to recycle everyday plastic and turn it into 3D printing filaments. Eventually, locals in the city will be taught how to model newfound medical objects that can help improve the country’s medical means.
Cell-based 3D printer developing real items In addition, as the Consumer Electronics Show is conducted this week, companies are aiming to carve out their own niche markets, and Regenovo plans to be one of the industry’s leaders. Instead of building layers of plastic, the company’s bio-printers use biological material and living cells to create actual human tissue that facilitates cell growth, organization and differentiation. …(Read more)