3D Printers Could Be Used To Make Body Parts

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Ruston, La (KNOE 8 News) - "There are research groups that 3d print bio materials that are body parts."

Courtesy KNOE

The future of 3d printing is more than just fun gadgets and printable trinkets.

"We are trying to build a new bio compatible material called a hydro gel so we can print customized wound dressings."

which means the same 3D printer that makes these drones could one day be used to help the body heal faster.

For Luke Villermin it isn't a matter of if but when

"So what we're trying to do is develop a dressing, which instead of traditional gases can perfectly fit into that wound site and promote healing."

They'll use laser based technology not like the personal printers.

to develop this gel like material which could hold the answer to healing tough wounds.

"Once we go through the process to develop a specific blend then we'll really unlock a lot of potential for developing future formulas."

For printers that are already capable of producing life saving tools it's just a matter of time.

"So were still trying to get the process working but i think in the next few months we'll have a working prototype."

And possibly one day using printers to make body parts.

"They try to create scaffolding's for cells to create a new organ."

Kelly Crittenden says the possibilities are endless.

"You couldn't go to the doctor now to get a replacement body part but you could go get a 3D printed arm."

Tony Fulco says making highly detailed stuff like body parts is easier said than done.

"The course that we're in is identifying what we need to do to make that happen."

Which is why they're learning in the first place.