University of Minnesota researchers are taking 3D printed organ models to the next level: They look and feel like the real thing, and integrated sensors help surgeons train.
There’s even the potential that such artificial models may someday become the real deal – “bionic organs” used to replace damaged biological organs.
The Minnesota researchers published their work today in the journal Advanced Materials Technologies. They’re seeking a patent for the technology.
“The organ models we are 3D printing are almost a perfect replica in terms of the look and feel of an individual’s organ, using our custom-built 3D printers,” said lead researcher Michael McAlpine, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota.
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