3D Printers Revolutionize Science & Manufacturing IndustryUpdated: 2013-04-03 14:35:15 (KST)
A group of scientists from the UK and Scotland has succeeded in printing human stem cells using a 3D printer.
This innovation was made possible through the use of a valve-based cell printer that uses bio-inks made with a number of organic components.
The nozzle of the printer is thinner than the thickness of a human hair, and has a very fine capacity to fabricate a group of stem cells.
The scientists announced earlier this year that the majority of the cells created with the 3D printer survived and showed a potential for further cell development.
Meanwhile, in the U.S., a group of scientists at Cornell University has used a 3D printer to produce a replica of a human ear.
The bioengineers first used the printer to create a mould that was later injected with a high-density gel made of living cells.
The researchers published the results in February,.. noting that the ears grew cartilage to replace the collagen used to mold them.
The ear can be implanted in patients who have suffered ear loss because of cancer or an accident.
Here in Korea, the lucrative 3D printing market is picking up steam, although it's still in its infancy.
Korean start-ups have developed and produced homegrown, cost-efficient 3D printers that can be used in the fields of manufacturing, medicine and even nano technology.
The companies have continued to log overseas orders for the printers, and more domestic companies are looking into using the printers for industrial output.
Kim Han-ul, Arirang News.
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