What are 3D Printed Hearts
3D printing is the process of joining or solidifying material under computer control to create a three-dimensional object. In mid-April 2019, the first 3-D printed heart has been revealed by a university in Israel. The research has been going on to improve organ transplant technology in the medical field, possibly eliminating the need for organ donors. The 3D printed heart is printed with substance known as ‘Bioinks’, and with some more development, it could potentially become our next solution for organ transplant with the least implant rejection.
Why is it important?
1 in every 5 registered death in Hong Kong was caused by a cardiovascular disease in 2017. What is worse, the number is expected to continue increasing. Meanwhile, Hong Kong only has six donors per million people. This means that the number falls way behind the number of increasing patients. If 3D printing were to be a success and can rapidly spread its use in the medical sector, the problem that seemed impossible to solve could be resolved. Furthermore, the technology can even be extended to creating other 3D printed organs, pretty much any organ, as long as we have the ability to do so. The 3D printing technology should gain more attention for future development
This activity can be done by individuals or groups.
3D printing technology is becoming more common in all industries, including the medical and engineering industry. After this activity, students should be more familiar with the basic process of 3D printing and how a product comes about through this technology.
Below are links to download:
3D Printed Hearts Info sheet https://static.wixstatic.com/ugd/6b539f_4947b9b4bb1a43a9895c84de7084918f.pdf
3D Printed Hearts Activity sheet