While some of the more practical applications might still be out of reach for Citizen X, the current design and art applications are present and accounted for.
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Here, the Creators Project provides a succinct overview of 3D printing basics.
(Video source: ExplaningtheFuture Youtube)
4D Printing and shape shifting. Three dimensions be damned!
At a recent TED event, Anthony Atela expanded on the amazing uses of working with bio-synthetic materials. He identifies three past challenges with bio materials. The first challenge was the design of the materials that could be readily integrated into the body properly. The second challenge was cells and not having enough cells grown outside the body. He notes that still certain cells cannot be grown such as liver and pancreatic cells. The third challenge was vascularity - the supply of blood to help regenerate organs. Enter 3D bio-genetic and bio-synthetic printing.
(Video source: TedDirectorTalks)
Here, Lee Cronin expands on the chemistry set of the future: 3D printed organic chemistry. The question: Can the chemistry set of the future be 3D printed? The result is reactionware. Software would allow us to eventually print our own medicine. This will be complicated. Print drugs. Download new diagnostics. On-the-fly molecular assembly. Why not use your own stem cells and print personally tailored medicine? This software will likely be purchased on a subscription basis, with constant updates as new viruses, illnesses, and disease develop and are found. The more complicated the meds - the higher the subscription price. The FDA will be concerned.
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