3D-Printed Ears Are Now a Reality in China

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In the market for a new ear? You’re in luck.

Researchers in China are reportedly using a special 3D printer to print an ear cartilage sample made from real tissue.

Researchers at Hangzhou Dianzi University invented a 3D tissue printer named Regenovo, according to 3D Printer World. As explained in the video above, the printer can produce an ear cartilage sample (four to five inches in length) or a liver sample in less than an hour.

About 90% of these printed cells have survived and stayed alive for as long as four months.

While specific details about the process remain known, the Chinese researchers told 3D Printer World that fully-functioning printed organs could be a reality in the next decade or two. Read more…

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