Printing 3D Organs

Scientist using 3D organ printer
Drop-in from 1-4pm
Saturday 9 April
Minimum age: 5 years

In partnership with Heriot-Watt University

Have you ever wanted to see a set of teeth being printed? It seems that anything is possible with 3D printing nowadays but can we really print body parts as well?  Come along and talk to the team of bio-scientists from Heriot-Watt University about what they can do with their ground-breaking 3D printer! 

The specialised 3D printing process, using human stem cells, could pave the way to purpose-built replacement organs for patients, eliminating the need for organ donation, immune suppression and the problem of transplant rejection. 

This ability to bio-print stem cells will, say the scientists, even create the potential to produce tissues on demand, from patient-specific cells which could then be used for animal-free drug development and personalised medicine.

You can even start designing your own 3D objects using free software as soon as you get home.

 

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