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3D Printer Used To Make Tiny Human Liver

3D Printer Used To Make Tiny Human Liver

If you were one of those people who thought that 3D printing would take off in a big way, you have plenty of evidence to back you up these days. The printers have been used to create the things you'd expect, like guns and phone cases, but they've also been used to create an exoskeleton that helped a toddler with a rare disease use her arms. Recently, they've been used to create liquid tissue scaffolding to help with the creation of artificial tissue. Now, scientists have created a tiny human liver with the help of a 3D printer that can build objects with cells.



Video credit: New Scientist

According to New Scientist, the liver was created by San Diego-based Organovo and announced at the Aspet Experimental Biology conference. The tiny liver can live for at least five days and is able to perform many of the functions of a full-size liver, but creating a full-sized liver with a 3D printer still faces challenges. For one thing, creating the equivalent of blood vessels is easier in a tiny liver than it would be in a full-sized liver. The company plans to eventually produce real livers with the 3D printing technology.
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wow this is amazing. can you imagine a day where those who need a organ transplant no longer have to wait months or even years to get thru or on some list for said organs??? that will a beautiful day and time to help those that need it desperately.

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ajm531:

wow this is amazing. can you imagine a day where those who need a organ transplant no longer have to wait months or even years to get thru or on some list for said organs??? that will a beautiful day and time to help those that need it desperately.

As long as it doesn't become like the movie Repo Men I give this a Yes. It is freaking awesome what 3D printers can do nowadays. Hmmm honestly I never thought about making guns even though I do live in Texas. Have to look into that.

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Those guns are typically single fire only though, since its still just all ABS it will break apart after a few shots.

I'm sure you can buy a real gun for around the same price as the printer too =P

I wonder if the "tiny liver" can be put in someone and then have their body build on it to make a real one over time?

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lipe123:

Those guns are typically single fire only though, since its still just all ABS it will break apart after a few shots.

I'm sure you can buy a real gun for around the same price as the printer too =P

I wonder if the "tiny liver" can be put in someone and then have their body build on it to make a real one over time?

Well I figured that it wouldn't be worth more than one or two shots but it would still be cool to design them, make them, and the best part is shoot them. I know I can go buy a real gun for the same or less price but also I can make alot of different things with a 3D printer. It would just be neat more than anything but not practical.

Also It's possible but I doubt the body would be able to adapt permanently to an "artificial" liver. Over time maybe but when their are still alot of issues with transplanting a real liver I do not see it in the near future although this what probably what will happen later on.

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I like the uses that they're thinking up for these printers. Imagination can go in leaps and bounds with them.

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One of the possible problems with this tech:

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