The mind blowing possibilities of this new technology stand to change medicine, art, science, engineering, and well, just about every other area of our lives.
I mean, after you get past the novelty of printing your own cell phone case, shoes, toys and gadgets, think about how a print-your-own-kidney could make those organ donation waiting lists obsolete. Wake Forest’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine is working on that solution right now, using a small tissue sample from the patient to “seed” the printer. The printing process currently takes about 7 hours, but 7 hours vs. unknown months of waiting for a new kidney? No brainer.
In fact, the 5 most promising uses of 3D printing in the area of medicine, according to Think Progress are:
1. Cutting down on the backlogged kidney transplant list.
2. Printing entirely new organs for diabetes patients.
3. Grafting skin for burn victims.
4. Designing and printing prostheses that fit and work better.
5. Printing in orthodontics, making dental care more affordable for everyone.
Let’s hope somebody somewhere is working overtime to figure out a way hackers can’t get into these 3D software programs! Yikes.
And investment opportunities? My money is on this new technology.
Rhonda Burns writes for PleaseHelpMeRhonda.com and blogs for the North Florida Spine and Wellness Institute in Tallahassee, Florida. She is also author of 30 Ways to Effectively Market Your Business, available on Amazon Kindle.