Saturday, October 27, 2012

Lab-manufactured windpipe (Trachea)

Yesterday we saw a 3D copy machine in use at the Pixar studios.

And we know that such machines are now being used to make tools, parts for autos, and a myriad of other things.

But, as amazing as that was, did you know that something similar is now being done with human parts?


A 3D copy machine has been used to make a human windpipe (Trachea).

After the Trachea was manufactured, stem cells were allowed to grow on the 3D manufactured form.

And, voila, a windpipe / Trachea was made and surgically placed into the patient.

Wow !!! 

But, rather than going into the details here, perhaps you will want to read the article and see the actual windpipe. 

This is another "we are not in Kansas anymore, Toto…' event.  HERE'S THE LINK