The technology of 3D printing is arguably one of the fastest and most influential technologies around today. Looking back over the past 30 years, it is very difficult to find a technology that has rivaled 3D printing in terms of both achievement and capability.
These advanced printers are incredibly versatile and can be used in multiple ways; one area we are going to look at today is the use of 3D printers in Bio-printing. Are we close to being able to replicate and print off human body using Bio-printing technology?
Bio-printing is a hot bed of technological innovation that is plagued with ethical, moral issues, and arguments. Bio-printing creates human tissue cells through the use of a specialized 3D printer. It is capable of building ears, blood vessels, and living human liver tissue and is close to custom-making and designing human organs.
In essence, human tissue bio-printing could save the world’s billions economically; it could be the answer to those affected in war-torn countries. By providing more affordable healthcare options like a custom prosthetic for residents in poorer countries and now the possibility of human organs for those who need it the most.
Bio-printing is advancing every single day with more complex projects being undertaken. How does this stand both morally and ethically to you? Do you believe that scientists and researchers are attempting to “play God” by using bio-printing technology?
Using bio-printed human tissue research companies have been able to step up the fight against global diseases that include cancer, AIDS and also genetic hereditary diseases. There is a very fine line that is being balanced upon when it comes to 3D bio-printing technology.
Surely, if the technology available can help improve the lives of those suffering and in need and it offers them a chance at better living, then shouldn’t that technology be exhausted in every avenue to help?
Whether people like it or understand it, 3D printing technology is here to stay. The growth of 3D printing technology is going to have massive influence in the shaping of the future of healthcare worldwide. It’s time to belt up and enjoy the ride, even if the ride has some ethical and moral bumps needing to be understood and addressed.