The health minister of Australia declared that the first hospital with a department using 3D printing shall be opened in 2017. Special laboratories shall be set up to print tissues and organs. If this “experiment” is successful, 3D printing will most probably be used increasingly often in other hospitals too. The use of such a solution has many advantages. If it becomes a standard in medicine, it will allow for more efficient treatment and significantly shorten the queues of people waiting for transplants.
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The world’s first biofabrication institute
The world’s first biofabrication institute is to be opened at the Queensland University of Technology. The project will enable doctors to create every element they need on the spot to save the lives of their patients. What’s more, prosthetics made in such a way shall be matched to the individual needs of the patient and perfectly fit into the skeletal system.
The laboratory is planned to occupy two floors. This is an important step towards the future. Until recently, 3D studios were treated marginally and were located in cramped spaces. They main purpose was to produce small implants. Printing specialists aim to reach the point when operating rooms are shall be equipped with a specialised printer allowing to quickly produce any needed elements. However, we will still probably have to wait many years before such a solution is introduced.