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The potential of 3D printing

The potential of 3D printing

Written by David

May 16, 2019

The potential of 3D printing: soft tissue organs, aesthetically pleasing prosthetics and made-to-order guitars AM manufactured prosthetic Professor Deigel made for a 3-year-old girl Professor Olaf Diegel, who recently joined the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Engineering, predicts that in the not too distant future we’ll be printing soft tissue organs ready for transplant. We already have the know-how to print some organs, such as bladders and tracheas, “but my prediction is, once they crack the vascular system, they’ll be able to print more complex organs, like livers and kidneys”. Professor Diegel, a multi-award-winning product design developer appointed under the former government’s Entrepreneurial Universities programme, took up his role as head of the Creative Design and Additive Manufacturing Laboratory (the Lab) at the University of Auckland this year. He and the team he is currently building will, he hopes, change the way Additive Manufacturing (or AM, otherwise known as […]


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