Since the creation of the first printing press sometime in the fifteenth century the printing industry has diversified by inventing different processes such as 3D print.
Introduced to the general public over 3 decades ago in 1981 by Hideo Kodama, 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, has experienced amazing growth due to the fact that it has been adopted by multiple industries.
Lately, Canadian researchers have been developing a 3D printer that could print skin over a wound. This project which has been running for years is focusing on printing a “bio-ink” gel filled with skin cells, collagen, and fibrin (a protein that helps heal wounds). This idea provides an innovative solution to a major issue that surgeons have been trying to deal with, the lack of skin for deep wound. Thanks to this printer, it will be possible to cover an entire deep wound, which means helping the skin to better heal and protecting the patient from potential infection.
Even though, the project is still at an early age, this is a promising big step for science.
In early 2017, a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) designed a new type of micro-particles that could combine everything into a unique jab. Designed with the help of a 3D printing technique known as SEAL (StampEd Assembly of polymer Layers), this technological advancement will simplify the daily life of many people. This this one time jab avoids the need for multiple mandatory injections while at the same time reduces discomfort and pain for the patient.
3D printing is revolutionizing the construction industry by helping to build in a faster, cheaper and more sustainable way. One of the biggest success in this field remains the construction of a pedestrian bridge by Eindhoven University of Technology. The Dutch establishment opened it to the public in October 2017.
These are only three examples of how 3D printing is being used to push the boundaries in other industries but many other sectors are adopting this versatile and flexible process.