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ESA astronaut for the future development of 3D print skin bones and body parts
Dec 11, 2018

In the end, the astronauts will travel to Mars and elsewhere.By that time, their health will depend on the things they bring, including medical supplies and professional knowledge.For short trips to the moon, the astronauts need only some bandages and antibiotics used in an emergency, but when they are away from home for a few months, they need to be able to repair and not a scratch.In order to solve the problem of the future healthcare, 3D printing from across Europe, experts in the field of regenerative medicine and space travel in Netherlands dweck, attend the ESA (ESA) two-day workshop ESTEC center.3D printing skin, bones and organs, in order to treat patients and astronauts in space.

ESA structure, mechanism and material head Tommaso Ghidini said: "Europe for the first time, all relevant experts gathered to discuss applying 3D printing and regenerative medicine to space.We are asking what astronauts in the short-term, medium-term and long-term needs, and the 3D printing mature to the level that can be used in space steps required.Astronaut from earth the longer, the farther the distance, the greater their medical needs, and the workshop participants has to undertake a task, that is to determine the 3D biological printing technology to the extent to which meet these requirements."

"Compared with today's low earth orbit pilot, remote destination remote task faces very different challenges," the project manager OHB system life sciences group, Sandra Podhajsky commented."In the event of a medical emergency, it is not feasible to quickly return to their homes.In contrast, patients must treatment on the spot.Therefore, we are evaluating different 3D printing technology and biological print organization is applied to the feasibility and the value added in the exploration of the task ahead."

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