3D-Printed Organs Could Save Lives, Driving Additive Manufacturing Growth in Medicine

3Q 2017 | IN-4686

Researchers at ETH Zurich, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, have produced a functioning human heart made of silicone using additive manufacturing (AM) technologies. Unfortunately, the heart can only beat for about half an hour before the material starts to break down. Patients awaiting heart transplants can currently use the mechanical pumps while waiting for a donated heart, but the scientists hope that the printed hearts will replace temporary mechanical pumps and eventually heart transplants or perhaps damaged heart tissue, if they can get them to last longer.

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