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3D printing 500x5003D printing technology revolutionizes surgical practices, giving practitioners access to identical replicas of certain body structures — and eventually organs. It reduces surgical errors and improves rehabilitation in post-op. Joint replacement surgeries are cheaper and use customized prints of patient’s joints. Medical education uses this technology to create cheaper prototypes for teaching, avoiding ethical issues associated with using cadavers.

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Biopen, developed by Australian researchers could allow surgeons to directly “draw” stem cell layers on an injury. The pen works like a mini-3D printer and offers surgeons more precision while reducing the time taken for the procedure.

Source: “Biopen: A handheld 3D printer for surgeons,” Gizmag, http://www.gizmag.com/biopen-handheld-3d-printer/30085/.