Making body parts with a $500 3D printer

3D printing soft body parts: A hard problem that just got easier
[Via Daily news from Science]

Inexpensive printer may one day repair cardiac tissue damaged by heart attacks


Very nice advance. The key part for any recreation of organs is to produce the structural parts that cells can attach to. In practice, these structures have been too fragile to survive until they had gained enough rigidity.

But here, they surround the printed material with a semi-solid that can be melted away at body temperature once the structural element has hardened.

And it can be done for less than $500.

Entering an amazing world.

Image: Luke Jones