3D printing or, as it’s also known, additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping or solid free form technology used to be the manufacturing industries best kept secret. This technology is now revolutionizing many industries not least medicine. 3D printing applications in medicine can provide many benefits from customization and personalization of medical products to organ replacement.
It’s not so surprising that solid objects made from printed plastic or titanium, such as replacement hip joints or dental implants, can be made by 3D printers. More remarkable is that new human tissue might be printed from bio-ink comprising of droplets of living cells, stem cells and other biomaterials to replace or support an existing biological structure - a process known as regenerative medicine.