Australia’s leadership in 3D printing in medicine and health care has leapt ahead with an ARC training centre dedicated to cutting-edge research in close collaboration with hospitals and industry to rapidly translate lab findings into practical patient benefits.
Three research projects well underway at the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Additive Biomanufacturing based at QUT’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation are:
- A hand-held ‘bio pen’, fed with bio ink that will allow surgeons to 3D-print patient-specific cartilage cells on to knee and hip joints to repair and replace cartilage.
- Patients can look forward to less time under anaesthetic as surgeons can improve their suture skills dramatically with a new, largely 3D-printed device, that lets them practice suturing tiny 3D-printed ‘blood vessels, nerves, ligaments and tendons’ to increase their skill and speed and test the quality of suturing lines via measuring the burst strength and water leakage.
- Cell biology and tissue engineering scientists are moving ever closer to personalised, patient-specific cancer therapy by using 3D-printed hydrogels to model individual patients’ tumours to test for the most effective drug for that particular patient.