Use Of Bio Printers As A Replacement For Current Organ Donation Treatments

1442 Words Aug 27th, 2014 6 Pages
There are a wide range of settings in which 3D printing technology can be implemented in. In this paper, the potential use of bio-printers as a replacement for current organ donation treatments was investigated. The current organ situation in Australia was explored to assess whether the implementation of bio-printing was suitable. It was discovered that more than 1,500 people are on the Australian organ transplant waiting list, and was thus concluded that bio-printing technology could assist in reducing stress on the waiting lists. Further, this investigation involved researching various bio-printing methods used by renowned scientists in the field, such as one developed by Professor Jonathan Butcher. Current implications and future applications of the technology were also researched and has shown that there is much potential for bio-printing to develop into a major medical resources. In addition, in-depth understanding regarding the various social, ethical and environmental implications of this technology on society was developed. It was shown that from research that bio-printing technology has the ability to drastically change society’s current dependence on donors for organs and tissues. Nevertheless, there were a series of technological and moral obstacles that have to be addressed before full implementation of this technology can occur. Introduction
Thirty years have passed since 3-D printers first appeared in 1984 by Chuck Hull, but only recently have they hinted at…

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