Australian University Prints 3D Body Parts for Med Schools

Published 07/18 2014 05:06PM

Updated 07/18 2014 05:20PM

Item: Facing a cadaver shortage, Monash University—a medical school in Australia—is seeking investment for a new alternative to the traditional use of dead bodies. The proposed 3D Printed Anatomy Series has no human tissue, but can create parts like the chest, abdomen, head, neck and limbs for study.

Why it Matters: Innovation is moving out of the laboratory and into daily lives, helping people overcome obstacles and improving quality of life. While research pushes innovation to new frontiers, it also is putting innovative products into the hands of those who need them the most. 3D printing is changing the way we approach disabilities and reconstructive surgery, and is continuously pushing boundaries in the medical world. One impact is that innovation is now making what we previously thought of as impossible not only possible, but affordable.

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