Thanks to the incredible advancements of 3D printing technology, the future may hold hope for those who are suffering from arthritis and other joint related pain. A group of researchers in Sweden have begun to develop ink that contains actual human cells and printed cartilage tissue.
This group hopes that with this new technology, they are able to create regenerative medicine that allows people to live longer, less painful lives. As part of their efforts, the team also hopes to have the ability to repair damaged sections of cartilage. The hope is that all the harder sections of the body to repair can be naturally healed through this bio ink that is made using the patient’s own cells.
While this technology is impressive, it isn’t quite ready to roll out yet. The team is still addressing the common concerns that are in place. This includes problems with the ink breaking down the cells, and printed materials not holding their shape once they are printed. However, things do appear to be headed in the right direction. That means that the team should be ready to go before long.
With these advancements, there is also a possibility that more can be done with 3D printing technology. This may include the repair and replacement of damaged organs without the need for a transplant and even other sections of a person’s body. That means that more people can enjoy healthier lives, thanks to this technology and its advancements. It also means there is the possibility that we will have the technology that is necessary to repair damaged sections of skin and cartilage that is the result of burns, so a person can have these areas repaired with material that contains their own DNA, so that their body is more likely to accept the transplant, rather than reject it.