What can't 3-D printers do these days? The 3-D technology is rapidly picking up steam, as researchers have already printed a stent to keep a child's airway open and a human ear with living cells.
The latest and greatest achievement in 3-D printing is the human heart! Researchers are hoping that if human organs can be successfully created with a patient's own cells, it will reduce the rejection of transplanted organs.
"If everything goes according to plan, Professor Williams believes the heart could be tested in humans in less than a decade.
The first patients would most likely be those with failing hearts who are not candidates for artificial ones, including children whose chests are too small for an artificial organ.
Professor Williams said the heart he envisaged would be built from cells taken from the patient's fat. But plenty of difficulties remain, including understanding how to keep manufactured tissue alive after it is printed."