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Running head: THE FUTURE OF 3D PRINTING

Malik Roy
The Future of 3D Printing
Writing in a Digital World
April 17, 2016

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The Future of 3D Printing
Everyday doctors and researchers are finding ways to better the lives of the people and they have
found it through the way of “3D printing.” According to Oxford Dictionaries, 3D printing is the action or
process of making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model, typically by laying down
many thin layers of a material in succession. 3D printing has evolved in a new ways to make their
printings more useful and helpful to people. “A new method of 3D printing can produce human-sized
bone, muscle, and cartilage templates that survive when implanted into animals researchers reported
(Boggs, 2016). 3D bio-printing developed a process called “the integrated tissue and organ printing
system,” 3D bio-printing has produced three types of tissues, and 3D bio-printing has good results after
implantation.
3D bio-printing has developed a process called “the integrated tissue and organ printing system
(ITOP). “Dr. Anthony Atala from Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC and his team
developed the process they call “the integrated tissue and organ printing system” (Boggs, 2016).
According to Bogg (2016),” ITOP produces a network of tiny channels that allows the printed tissue to be
nourished after being implanted into a living animal.” Also,” Dr. Lobat Tayebi from Marquette University
School of Dentistry, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who has also done bioprinting research, told Reuters Health
by email that ITOP is a big step toward producing robust bioprosthetic tissues of any size and shape”
(Bogg, 2016). Therefore, the process of “integrated tissue and organ printing system” could be the future
of implantation on animals and humans.
3D bio-printing has produced three types of tissues that can be implanted in animals. According
to Boggs (2016), “The researchers produced three types of tissues-bone, cartilage, and muscle – and
transplanted into rats and mice.” These three types of tissues develop to be similar as possible to the
regular human bone. According to Boggs (2016),” Five months after implantation, the bone tissue

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looked similar to normal bone, complete with blood vessels and with no dead areas.” Therefore, these
three types of tissues are well-developed for implantation to living organisms.
3D bio-printing has good results after implantation. The implantation of a 3D bio-print look like
real and normal muscles after implantation. “Not only did the implants look like normal muscle when
examined two weeks after implantation, but the implants also contracted like immature, developing
muscle when stimulated” (Boggs, 2016). Also, “Human-sized ear implants looked like normal cartilage
under the microscope, with blood vessels supplying the outer regions and no circulation in the inner
regions” (Boggs, 2016). Therefore, the results of 3D bio-printing has good results from their
implantations because they all came out identical to normal regular human muscles.
In conclusion, 3D bio-printing is new method that can produce human-sized bone, muscle, and
cartilage templates that survive when implanted into animals and soon to be humans. 3D bio-printing has
developed “the integrated tissue and organ printing system” which is produces a network of tiny channels
that allows the printed tissue to be nourished after being implanted into a living animal. 3D bio-printing
has produced three types of tissues that can be implanted in animals which are bone, cartilage, and
muscle. Finally, The implantation of a 3D bio-print look like real and normal muscles after implantation.

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References

Boggs, W (2016, February 16). 3D ‘bioprinter’ produces bone, muscle, and cartilage. Retrived from
Reuters.com: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-biotech-3d-printers-idUSKCN0VO28X

Oxford Dictionaries (N.A), Definition of 3D printing. Retrieved from OxfordDictionaries.com:
http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/3d-printing?q=3d+printing