Bioprinting is that part of 3D printing where additive manufacturing is used to create new organs. This technique is still in its developing phase, and it might take quite a while until we will actually be able to 3D print a heart. However, doctor Ibrahim Ozbolat at University of Iowa already knows what the next level of bioprinting will be: creating 3D printed organs that can generate electricity themselves.
In an interview with Huffington Post Live he said some interesting things about the future of bioprinting. It all came down to the fact that he thinks current research is focusing on replacing failed organs, while he thinks scientists will one day be able to create an entirely new organ. The organ will have electronic properties and it can be used to enhance “the functionality of the human body.”
Scientists could create “an organ that is going to be part of the human body and generate electricity that can run the heart”
We admit: this really sounds spacey. However, doctor Ozbolat is an expert and already today we’re living in a world where Van Gogh can get his severed ear back through 3D printing, so let’s focus on what the man has to day about this topic:
“For complicated organs — for example, if the heart fails — then you need a pacemaker. The pacemaker runs with batteries, and when the battery needs to be replaced, surgery is needed,” he said. Instead of this, scientist could create “an organ that is going to be part of the human body and generate electricity that can run the heart.”
Well, below you can watch the full video to find out more about the possible future of bioprinting. Could we one day turn ourselves into super humans? We wouldn’t dare saying anything about that, but – who knows.
Image credits: Leo Grübler.