Back in 2012, Chris Anderson, the former editor-in-chief of Wired, predicted that 3D printing “will be bigger than the web.” Given that good 3D printers are now cheap enough (US$150) to be affordable for home use and that everyone from shoe companies to airplane engineers to the space station are using them, it looks like Anderson might be right.
According to the organizers of “Printing the Future of Therapeutics in 3D,” bioprinting is a potential solution to our growing health-care needs. If you’d like to hear more about replacement organs being 3D-printed using a patient’s own cells (no “waiting lists or organ rejection”) and to contemplate the ethical challenges that may arise, there’s a free open session on Friday, May 5 from 2-7 p.m. at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. Register here.
For a preview of what you might hear at the session, watch this TEDx Talk by Tamer Mohamed on 3D printing human tissue. He’s the President and CEO of Aspect Biosystems, a Canadian company co-hosting the above event, along with UBC and the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.
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