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Human organ 3D printing gets a helping hand from Autodesk

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Edging ever closer to medical service, the 3D printer that can create living tissue just got a boost from CAD-maker Autodesk.

The NovoGen MMX Bioprinter. It can create living tissue.
(Credit: Organovo)

In further proof that future generations will likely live forever (don't be bitter, don't be bitter), Autodesk's involvement is a major step in helping to commercialise, refine and mass produce Organovo's NovoGen MMX Bioprinter.

Capable of printing living human tissue, at this stage, the printer is being pitched at pharmaceutical companies for drug testing to reduce the need for animal and human trials. Beyond this, it's hoped to be able to directly provide tissue replacement for purposes like surgery.

The printer works in a similar fashion to other 3D printers, but instead of using plastic, it lays down a gel base as a guide, then drops in cells that eventually mature into living material.

We're looking forward to the day when an entire organ can be created, which can then be transplanted Star Trek transporter-style straight in.


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