If you put your hand over the left hand side of your chest you should be able to feel the faint pulses of your heart beating. The heart in the human body is designed to work 24/7 365 days a year. However, for those who have heart defects and irregularities, the advancements made with 3D printers has meant patients suffering from heart conditions could have the opportunity to receive a new heart that works better and lasts for longer.

This is the reality of the times we live in thanks to advanced 3D print technology. People receiving 3D printed hearts to survive is no longer something only seen in a science fiction movie. Recently, researchers at the University Of Louisville School Of Medicine have made significant ground in the production of a fully functioning 3D printed heart. The researchers are using methods that test fat cells and collagen, and then use a 3D printer to try to replicate parts of the heart.

The creation of a fully functioning heart is not out of reach. Researchers are focusing on ways to recreate working muscle tissue. They aim to continue working on bio-printing blood vessels and heart valves trusting these will be available to use in the near future.

The human heart is a very complex muscle and is unable to be built all at once. With so many different functioning parts, working together so the heart can do its job; researchers have to replicate each part and test it. There is a real need in the area of medical research in which healthcare specialists and doctors need to find the answers to the many problems we face.

Three-dimensional printing is providing the answer, and in this case, Bio-printing technology is taking a massive leap in progression. Everything about 3D printing is fascinating and it’s making a difference in the medical industry. It could hold the key to a better, longer improved life for us all.



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