The brief future will be much better than relying on 3D printer initiatives, especially in the areas of medicine and health. In this case, researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a silicone heart that functions as a real organ.
According to the researchers, the heart made in the 3D printer may be used soon for patients who need a temporary heart. For example, those who expect a real organ transplant.
This heart was developed in a unique and solid silicone structure. According to the research, it is much superior to the mechanisms currently used to simulate the organ, this because it has no metals and plastics, which are susceptible to complications.
Because it is done on a 3D printer, it is possible to print a heart of the required size that fits the patient. The item still has the left and right ventricles, separated by a chamber that can be inflated to mimic contractions of the blood.
In the tests, the team managed to keep the heart functional with 3,000 hits. This allows a patient to stay alive for 30 to 45 minutes. That is: it is still far from ideal, but the path has already been opened.