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‘Star Trek’ device could 3D-print human organs

‘Star Trek’ device could 3D-print human organs

Written by David

April 3, 2019

3D printing could be used to create a scaffolding that human cells could grow upon, opening the possibility of printing organs for transplant A new method of 3D-printing in which objects flicker into existence inside a slowly rotating cylinder could be used to print human organs, a lead researcher on the project has said. The technique, in which an ordinary video projector beams images into a slowly turning glass of light-reactive gloop, has been compared to the “replicators” that conjured hot dinners for the crew of the Starship Enterprise. Even the scientists who worked on the technique, called computed axial lithography, talk of it as if it were a conjuring trick in which objects appear all at once, instead of rising in steady layers of plastic beneath a jiggling nozzle. The technique, which allows for the creation of more complex objects, could advance attempts to print organs of…


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