By Connor Tsuchida, Annapurni Sriram, Brianna McIntosh, Erin Inchinotsubo, Alexander Novokhodko
Entering the Third Dimension
What desperate patients currently wait months to years for, could soon be made in days. What use to be adapted for the body, can now be made of the body. Aside from prototyping and manufacturing, 3D printing, has found its niche in biotechnology and medicine. Whether printed to enhance, support, or replace components of the human anatomy, 3D printing has brought medicine to a place once reserved for science fiction.
The history of 3D printing is as rapid as the manufacturing process itself. In just three decades, the technology has evolved from layering plastic prototypes to printing functioning organs, capturing the imagination of hobbyists and medical researchers alike.