New research into 3D printers could mean cheap, personalized medicine — but could it also mean greater access to recreational drugs?
Everyone from toymakers to the military is clamoring to use 3D printing. The medical industry is no exception. Your dentist might soon print off an incisor for you, or maybe your new replacement knee or hip joint will be fresh from the printer. Even kidneys, blood vessels, skin and ears can now be 3D printed (including a living replica of van Gogh’s missing ear).
But researchers are still exploring a particular medical application for 3D printing, one that might have the broadest application: medicine itself.