Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Markets in Everything: 3D Printer for Medicine

YahooNews -- "From creating intricate guitars to delicious pieces of chocolate, 3D printing is moving beyond the realm of making simple models and into the realm of creating useful things. And thanks to researchers at University of Glasgow, this cutting-edge technology could take an incredible new turn that could save millions of lives: A 3D printer capable of creating drugs.

Professor Lee Cronin and his team introduced the tech in a research paper, published in Nature Chemistry. The researchers modified a currently available 3D printer they purchased for $2,000, adding vessels with chemicals in them. In doing so, they created what they call "reactionware," a far cheaper, smaller scale version of incredibly expensive chemical engineering equipment.

According to Cronin, "we could use 3D printers to revolutionize access to health care in the developing world, allowing diagnosis and treatment to happen in a much more efficient and economical way than is possible now." The innovation could expand access to expensive cancer drugs, allowing pharmacies to fill prescriptions for patients on demand or even allowing patients to print their own medicine from home."

4 Comments:

At 4/18/2012 9:01 PM, Blogger juandos said...

Imagine that, custom made reaction vessels for low energy chemistry...

Now there's some seriously cool potential there...

 
At 4/19/2012 9:22 AM, Blogger Ed R said...

"Print" your own medicine from home??

The FDA/BigPharma cabal would never authorize that.

 
At 4/20/2012 5:09 AM, Blogger rob grosche said...

A great post with out doubt. The information shared is of top quality which has to get appreciated at all levels. Well done keep up the good work.
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At 4/20/2012 5:39 AM, Blogger Ryan Odell said...

3-D printers are unique machine with large functionality and the 3d printing is more affordable, easy to use and speedy than conventional technologies. It has great potential in the production application that seems different from the crowd.

Digital Printing

 

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