Ok by now anyone interested in the latest technologies will have heard of 3D printing by now. I'm not one to rub it in and shout I told you so! But well I told you so! . As the founder of the exploratory minds project I've always said this tech will change the world and cause a huge paradigm shift. That maybe a little dramatic for some but read on and we shall see why i speak the in ways I do.
If we think in terms of graphical resolution that gave computers higher accuracy over time , this is really how 3D printing has been evolving since its conception. Increasingly the 3D technologies resolution of smaller and smaller particles to manipulate onto a layer in 3D printing are bringing in improvements of more and more intricate details within a given finite space. I predict at some point an atomic level of manipulation. The practical problem is the higher in particle resolution you go the more time is needed in a creation and more effort to maintain a level of accuracy during the actual production. One of the most paradigm shifting aspects of 3D printing is in the creation of biological materials.
On June 14th 2017— 30,000 feet above the gulf of mexico, a Zero Gravity Corp. (ZERO-G) aircraft took up members of three high-tech companies involved in a technology partnership, NASA contractor Techshot Inc., industrial 3D bioprinter and electronics printer manufacturer nScrypt Inc., and bioink developer Bioficial Organs Inc. went up in the ZERO-G craft.
These type of flights are often used for entertainment/tourism purposes,this includes space tourism and the government. However this time around the trip up had a much more scientific purpose in mind for the sustained microgravity conditions possible for several seconds at a time.
To quote Techshot they have a “space hardened 3D bioprinter,” , this printer went up with the team, showcasing in an incredible way each company’s unique offerings and the results of their combined efforts to actually bioprint human tissues and, eventually, organs in orbit!.
'It’s like drawing with a fine-point pen rather than a crayon. Some of the tips on our 3D electronics printers are nearly as small as a single human cell,' nScrypt Chairman and CEO Kenneth Church, PhD.
Like I say above the resolution is getting higher. once the tech is adapted to the level where you get a resolution of atomic accuracy, you then get to print the molecules that make up cell membranes, probably a very long way off but providing mankind does not destroy itself first we will see this ability I guarantee it.
The partnership, led by Techshot, will be putting data collected from this test flight to use to continue work on their goals of creating viable, transplantable human organs. Of course this research supports an organ supply for patients here on Earth — but also extend's into the farther reaches of the future when longer-term space travel,or even off planet colonization may be possible. , Executive Vice President and CEO of Techshot John Vellinger, is optimistic about the results from this flight and what it means for the future.
Vellinger’s next aspiration for this technology is to take what they’ve learned and incorporate it into a next generation bioprinting, which is set to be more robust and have a smaller footprint. The bioprinter was also intended for launch aboard a commercial Blue Origin suborbital space capsule which may well have already happened as this news dates back to Jun 17, 2016, we haven't found any data or news related to the progress yet. but on board the ISS would be where it would operate autonomously,and planed to print “thicker, more complex tissues,” as Techshot notes. The first expected test run for the ISS bioprinter is a beating human heart patch, as the machine is planned to build in pacing wires and biosensors to the tissues.