Did you know that the 3D printing Brisbane industry is invaluable not just in the manufacturing and construction spheres, but they are of paramount importance to the medical surgery space, too? Bioprinting human cartilage is now a reality. It used to be a figment of imagination in random science fiction movies of Hollywood but it is now made real, in our age and lifetime.
In the absence of cartilage, our joints will not work. Cartilage is connective tissue, they are ubiquitously found between bones, at the tips of our ribs, vertebrae, in our airways, in our ears, and our noses. They have an important role to play in our overall well-being. Thus, when they are diseased or badly damaged, they will cause you a substantial amount of physical pain. This explains the reason why cartilage restoration procedures like cartilage tissue implants, micro fracturing, and osteochondral autograft, need to evolve nonstop.
The very idea of regenerating new human bone cartilage inside a controlled lab has the makings of a sci-fi novel. But the scientific community has had their hands on that with the help of 3D printing technology, and success has unfolded for them in this area.
Making a Case for Bio-Printing
So, how do we define exactly what bioprinting is? By now the vast majority of us are somehow familiar with 3D printing Brisbane technology. The technology allows us to design and create 3-dimensional solid objects out of computer-aided design (CAD) file.
This type of printing has been around for some time now, since the early part of the 1990s. Looking at this, technology has ushered us to a new era, the time of rapid prototyping. 3D printing technology provided product designers and engineers alike a quick and affordable way of building 3D objects and parts.
In hindsight within the last decade, we can see how the 3D technology of printing has taken off the course of engineering and the business realm. Low cost and small scale 3D printers are now readily available to the point that they are now being taken advantage of by elementary schools as part of their technology learning curriculum.
Bio-printing and 3D printing technologies are similar and comparable to each other in such a way that they share similar processes. The science and the technology behind them, right this very moment is still in its infancy stage, yet a promising one since their possibilities appear having no limits.
Let me quote a particular scientific group. They referred to bioprinting as “a process of additive manufacturing where cells and substantial growth factors are melded together to create new tissue-like structures, capable of perfect imitation of the natural tissues. This technology is taking advantage of a bioink material in creating objects and materials in a layer-by-layer fashion.
Right this very moment, they also found other applications for bio-printing and utilizes it for research purposes. Networks of blood vessels and faux tumors have been “printed” before, allowing scientists to conduct an up-close study of cancers.
3D Printing Brisbane and the On-Demand Cartilage Replacement, Is It Possible?
This may sound unusual to many of us, but this one’s happening sooner than we think. The production of cartilage or tissue in a snap or on-demand, right inside a controlled environment is possible, and as a matter of fact, it is in the works at the moment. It is just a matter of time before this development is unveiled for the people of the world to see.
3D bioprinting stirs excitement and fascination, but only time can really tell us how feasible or viable a 3D printed cartilage is in as far as routine medical or surgical procedures such as joint restoration is concerned.