The Year For Medical Innovation

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Introduction [1.0] The year 2016 is the year for medical innovation. It’s when we push out cures for diseases previously incurable, continue the fight with superbugs, and attempt to preserve public health by means of vaccines and public sanitation. Whether it be an innovation that humans consume directly, such as a medical drug, or a background implementation, such as public sanitation in public spaces. The ultimate goal is to preserve the homo sapien species, and its health. A new problem has arisen as the population grows, ironically, there has been a shortage in human organs for those in need. This can be due to multiple reasons, including less people dying in a region (to provide functional parts) and a healthier general population.…show more content…
The ambitious plan is to use printers to ‘print’ out organs and eventually perform a transplant to replace the patient’s nonfunctional one, with a lab-printed functional organ. The Printing In order to understand 3D printing, you need to understand how generic multi dimensional printing works. 3D Printing uses computer-aided printing technology to deposit layers of the material in specific location to form a three-dimensional object. Traditional three-dimensional printing is expensive, but scientists plan on using inkjet based printers in bioprinting. These printers are able to deposit tiny ink drops onto a surface upon demand using thermal inkjet technology. A small air bubble is heated until it collapses, and the force from the collapse serves as a pulse that forces tiny droplets of ink out of the nozzle. This allows for more precise printing. The temperatures during the printing process can reach as high as 300 C, but the entire process is so instantaneous, that it only lasts for a couple of microseconds. With this technology, living cells can be printed at the same time that nutrients, drugs, and other important chemicals, as well as protective gels. [2.0] The actual process of how printing works lies in three important factors, the printer, the ink, and the product. [2.1/2.1.1]
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