The technology is already working not only to streamline people’s daily routine but also to boost their organism and bodies. For instance, bots have already worked on surgeries under the surveillance of doctors which rendered minimum invasion for the human body. One of the latest miracles of such pioneering projects in a pumping heart. The peculiarity of this organ is that it is made of silicone. Scientists employed 3D technology to create from scratch such tissue.
European Scientists Intend to Replace Blood Pump Machines with Synthetic, Pumping Heart
A team of European scientists managed to recreate an artificial heart that is similar to the real deal. This breakthrough can revolutionize the lives of patients with heart disease. Usually, they depend on a waiting list for treatment. In the meantime, they are on life support through blood pumps. These machines have a lot of weaknesses which can yield health complications.
However, in the future, they might be able to order a synthetic, light organ to mimic the same functions of a real heart. On top of that, there would be minimum side effects to put their health in jeopardy. Nicholas Cohrs from ETH Zurich is in charge of such an ambitious projects and one step closer to changing such a rudimental medical system for good.
“Our goal is to develop an artificial heart that is roughly the same size as the patient’s own one.”
Scientists Need Different Materials to Get More Durable Results
On the other hand, the 3D printed silicone heart was only capable of delivering 3,000 pumps before it wears down. That’s the minimum necessary for a person to survive additional three-quarters of an hour. That being said, this project is not without its triumphs. The artificial organ passed several tests that highlighted its vast potential.
The first prototype weighed 390 grams which are only 80 grams more than an average human heart. The volume was also a great fit for a human body at 697 cubic centimeters. However, the engineers behind this project need to find other materials to turn this product into a functional, long-term organ for people.
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