3D printed heart!

Switzerland has often been the heart (ha, no pun intended) of design and build. They’re at it again and have created a working 3D printed heart. It’s only an initial design so is obviously nowhere near being used in the medical industry but that’s certainly its end goal.

It’s made out of silicone one of the only materials other than our own flesh that seems to be accepted by our bodies. The heart has been created at ETH University and according to ETH 26 million people worldwide suffer from heart failure while there is a shortage of donor’s hearts. The 3D printed heart could replace the artificial pumps that keep people alive while waiting for a heart transplant.

See the video of the heart in action.

The heart can currently maintain 80BMP for 3,000 pumps which means it would currently only last you half an hour to 45 minutes. As I said, it’s a long way off but it’s a step in the right direction. Just look at how 3D printing has evolved from printing very small hard objects to printing soft designs to create a working heart! Anything is possible with the way technology is advancing.

Perhaps at some point in my life time, I will see a 3D printed heart used inside a human to keep them going for months rather than minutes. It will be a long battle but the work done at ETH University is so clever and continues to show that technology and science are what can really make a difference to our lives.

What do you think of using 3D printing technology in this way? Is it safe? Would you trust your life on it? Let us know in the comments below.

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