One of the more interesting aspects of 3D printing technology is how science is using it to spark a number of potential developments, for example, its use in medical application. Some scientists have “printed” non-functioning organs out of human-tissue like material.
Now, a group of scientists from Five Fraunhofer-institutes are using 3D printers to develop biocompatible artificial blood vessels through a project known as the BioRap project.
This project used 3D printing technology as well as multi-photon polymerization to create even the fine capillary structures of blood vessels.
Recent 3D printing technology futurists have imagined scenarios where medical doctors 3D print a replacement organ for surgery, rather they wait for a donor. It looks like this possibility might be one step closer with the potential printing of blood vessels.