1. Post #1
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    April 2011
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    Source: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/techn...y-parts/45649/

    [release]A husband-wife team of researchers at Washington State University can manufacture bones with 3D printing technology, a breakthrough idea they hope will change the future of medicine. This year, scientists have also developed 3D printing techniques that can be used to create human organs as well as the blood vessels that would connect them to the recipient and could one day solve the problem of organ donor shortages. We know what you're thinking. Pretty soon science is going to 3D-print a horrifying real-life Frankenstein that will eat all our kittens. That would be a funny movie, but the science fiction-like reality is much more promising.

    For now, 3D printing's use in medicine is still largely confined to the lab. Susmita Bose, the WSU bone printer, has been developing artificial bone-like materials with her husband, Amit Bandyopadhyay,*since the late 1990s, and attracted attention this week with successful in vitro*growing actual bones around artificial scaffolds. They're not exactly printing human skeletons quite yet. However, artificial bone scaffolds would enable doctors to repair defects or injuries without taking a bone graph from elsewhere in the patients body or using a synthetic mesh material that can have negative long-term effects. Produced using a 3D inkjet printer -- that's right -- and a bone-like ceramic, Bose's scaffolding harmlessly dissolves as new bone grows around it. "We have tested it in small animal models and we have seen that bone grows over them very well," Bose told The Atlantic Wire. "We have also tested them with human bone cells and we've seen that bone will grow over them very well."

    Bose says that the capability to print load-bearing bones is a ways off, so your 3D-printed Frankenstein fears can be put to rest for a few years. The technology has been improving rapidly, though, and 2011 has been a watershed year. Over the past few years, researchers have been improving techniques to produce biological materials like organs with 3D printers, but when a team of German researchers announced that they had perfected a method to print blood vessels as well, the prospect of actually transplanting these 3D-printed organs into living patients improved. Inevitably, the human body wants to reject artificial materials, but with controlled chemistry, scientists can better replicate our cellular makeup and also embed drugs that help the body accept the transplants. While the material's different for organs, Bose says that the bone-like powder she uses to print her scaffolds is very similar to actual bone. She's cautious about making an exact estimate, but Bose thinks that we could start seeing 3D printers in hospitals in the near future. "Oftentimes we're excited with the scientific and technological findings but it is difficult to mimic nature," Bose said, when we asked her when 3D-printing would become common practice. It could be five years; it could be 50. "It is really very important for all of us to realize that bringing any scientific and technological innovation to real-life application requires interdisciplinary approach," she said.

    But imagine: it would truly be a new marriage of medicine and technology. With the help of engineers and biologists, 3D printers could be installed in hospitals. If a doctor needed a body part, he would send a CT scan to a specialist who would produce a computer-aided design (CAD) file that would provide the 3D printer with detailed -- we're talking molecular -- instructions for printing the part. A surgeon would implant (install?) the transplant, and with luck, the patient would make a speedy, easy recovery and be a little bit of a cyborg. As we were talking through the process, though, Bose kept repeating a very important point: "It is very difficult to mimic nature."[/release]

    Fuck making threads on an iPad this was so annoying, anyways, cool.
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  2. Post #2
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    I'd transplant myself a shitload of lungs, some fins and stalk the popular beachwaters which are full of douches and jockies.
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  3. Post #3
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    November 2011
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    I would use this to give myself super powers with gills and Wolverine claws. I'd be unstoppable!
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    :-)
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    Augmented.
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  5. Post #5
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    November 2011
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    Printing realistic dildos and fleshlights, eh?
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  6. Post #6
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    December 2007
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    Printing realistic dildos and fleshlights, eh?
    3D scanning/printing is already how it's done.
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    July 2009
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    Printing realistic dildos and fleshlights, eh?
    Bad Dragon advertises their "advanced 3D printer technology" in all their products. It's standard these days.
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  8. Post #8
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    February 2006
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    I'm gonna have to stock up on lungs and livers.
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  9. Post #9
    Dennab
    April 2010
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    Bad Dragon advertises their "advanced 3D printer technology" in all their products. It's standard these days.
    I love that you know this.
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  10. Post #10
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    July 2006
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    Can't wait for this sort of shit to become real. I will get so many organs.
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  11. Post #11
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    February 2009
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    So I can finally get a brain transplant?
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    September 2010
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    I'd transplant myself a shitload of lungs, some fins and stalk the popular beachwaters which are full of douches and jockies.
    You'll look like a freak though with all of those lungs and gills.
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  13. Post #13
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    February 2008
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    can it print me a girlfriend?
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  14. Post #14
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    April 2006
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    3D printing is the future

    Imagine a day when tech is so advanced that scientists are able to create a (much more advanced) tissue/muscle fiber printing machine. Cut off a finger on accident? No problem, let's scrape some of your cells and manufacture a new finger just like the old one for you. You'd be good to play videogames again!
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    March 2009
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    I can only imagine in the future, Stay-at-home doctor machines. Alternatively, hilarious pranks.

    "OH MY GOD HONEY I CUT OFF MY FOOT! Haha just kidding."
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  16. Post #16
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    March 2009
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    Now when can I rip off my arms and replace them with new genetically grown ones that can rip a tank in half?
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  17. Post #17
    Dennab
    July 2007
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    I want 4D body parts so I can reach into cash registers and shit to rob them without having to open them up
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    One step closer to spehss mahreenz.
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  19. Post #19
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    January 2010
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    And just think!

    In a few decades, we can illegally download physical objects.



    No, but I could pirate one!
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    March 2006
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    I love that you know this.
    Being truly wise as Eudoxia requires knowledge of all things good, evil, and just downright fucking nasty.
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    October 2009
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    And just think!

    In a few decades, we can illegally download physical objects.



    No, but I could pirate one!
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  22. Post #22

    September 2011
    400 Posts
    How long until we can step into a giant copy machine and make a perfect copy of ourselves?


    For research purposes of course..!
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  23. Post #23

    January 2016
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    You outlined some very important points that most people miss because of all the 3D printing myths circulating the internet (https://mylocal3dprinting.com/blog/3...hs-vs-reality/).

    3D printing bones and organs will hopefully be possible sometime in the distant future. In fact, an Indian startup company has already 3D bioprinted the first functional human mini-liver. Breakthroughs in 3D printing and bioprinting are made every year, so who knows how long it will be until the first safe, full-sized, and funcitonal 3D bioprinted organ?

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  24. Post #24
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    Dennab
    June 2010
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    Uh, this article was from 2011, you're super late.

    Edited:

    OH FUCK I DIDN'T KNOW THIS WAS ACTUALLY FROM 2011

    I thought OP was just ultra late please dont bam
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  25. Post #25
    Dennab
    June 2014
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    How long until we can step into a giant copy machine and make a perfect copy of ourselves?


    For research purposes of course..!
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  26. Post #26
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    Now i can cut off my arm and have a 3D one to be cool
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  27. Post #27
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    October 2009
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    Fuck that, by the time we get there we will be able to either have fully working robot arms or just regrow the entire thing
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    March 2010
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    For a minute there I thought the ratings came back. I come out dissapointed.
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  29. Post #29
    Dennab
    June 2014
    746 Posts
    I'd rather have a cool robot arm than a fleshy a pain-feeling one.
    None of that uncanny valley shit either.
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