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3D Printing Graduates to Printing Human Tissue!!

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

The first thought of 3D printing is construction material, blueprints, and even some innovative ideas about printing physical material. This thought of 3D printing has been re-invented over the past 3-5 years and has been making waves across the world.  Major printer manufacturers are lining up to reinvent this type of printer and technologically advance its features. The possibilities of 3D printing are endless with the future unfolding. Even though still at its infancy state, there are some companies and technology enthusiasts which have decided to take 3D printing to another level. This next level could change the way how medical practice is done, save lives, and give humanity a much-needed foothold on life.

The new level of 3D printing which we speak of is a 3D printer which can print body tissue.  Yes, you did read correctly, a 3D printer which can print human body tissue. Impossible, you say? Well that is what many said when the first person discovered the world is not flat or that space is impossible, but it is now a reality.  There so many discoveries and unthought of inventions that lay within human beings. The untapped potential within society is only the beginning of our potential. 3D printing is now tailoring the impossible to now being possible.  3D printing of human tissue will essentially change the makeup of the medical industry and how tissue replacement is done.

This 3D printer was originally designed to build therapeutic biomaterials. With recent enhancements, this printer has printed test materials.  The test materials that this printer is capable of printing is so complex and precise in its product that they closely resemble human tissue. One of the most remarkable features of human tissue is its complexity. Complexity in the design, function, and capabilities is what makes human tissue so hard to replicate. For this reason, when it comes to replacing tissue, the only replacement in previous years has been getting tissue from a donor.  If this printer can pass the test of its products being able to not only have the complexity of human organs, but then to function the same, then this printer will essentially change the way how we currently go about replacing tissue.

Many people that need transplants and other body tissues could get immediate treatment and not have to wait on a donor list, someone to qualify, or run the risk of losing their lives. Revolutionizing the health industry is something that is often slow and coming, but when there is innovation to bring about that change, it is always worth the effort.  Replacing human tissue depending on the need for that part could be at the cost of someone else’s life or even if not costing the other person their life, putting them at risk due to surgery.  Eliminating this need is not only a desire, but also a requirement that this 3D printer can possibly solve.

Ali Khademhosseini, which is a professor at UCLA is leading the charge with this technology and is certain of its capabilities.  According to Professor Khademhosseini, its about changing the approach which allows them the ability to build complex biocompatible structures from various materials. The brains behind the 3D printer is two components which allows it to create the complexity needed to achieve what other 3D printers cannot currently do.  The first component is a custom-built microfluidic chip. This chip is the brains behind the flow of fluid into micrometer-sized channels.  Each of the inlets that Is printed with different material. Within the microfluidic chip is over a million mirrors which move independently. This gives the function of being able to mix, pump, sort, or control biochemical environments.  All of the aforementioned components work together.  This process of functions cohesively working is called “automated stereolithographic bioprinting”.


Automated Stereolithographic bioprinting uses the mirrors in the microfluidic chip to redirect light on to the surface that is being printed.  Due to the intensity of the light, it allows the printer to trace the object that is being printed.  The intensity of the light cause molecular bonds that are formed called hydrogel bioinks which are used in tissue engineering. The molecular changes cause the organ to firm and extends. This is the same type of function which is done in human tissues whether it be lungs, liver, heart, kidney, or muscle.


The team at UCLA first started this project creating pyramids then rapidly realized that the potential of this product.  So far, the team has built tumors and muscle tissue. These tissues that were 3D printed also come with their network of blood vessels. Excluding the muscles, the tumors are slatted to be used as biological models which in studies to treat cancer.  Needless to say the potentials for this printer is not only needed, but also shows the direction that technology is going in the future.   It Gurus Of Atlanta is the premier Microsoft partner of choice that will follow up to ensure that any innovations and changes in technology is captured and brought to focus for our audience.

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Weight loss and Technology, are they connected?

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Many people are waiting around for the easy way out, which involves pressing a button and then the waist gets smaller, muscles build up, stamina increases, and the “look good” body that they are looking for will appear.  Whether it’s the time constraints of meetings at work, family activities, or life’s inconsistent issues that pop up, working out and keeping healthy seems to take a backseat when it clashes against these variations. Between the time to workout and the ability for technology to provide the bridge between that gap, is where the two intersect.

The first aspect of any weight loss when assessing the ability to lose weight is to understand the mechanics. The mechanics of the body are the same as with any computer. Whatever you program into a computer is the output that you will get. The data that the software holds is the mental capacity that people allow to retain when it comes to the steps and processes to weight loss. The software that the data is housed is the operating system, databases, and applications. These applications can be translated into the organs within the body that allow the body to function.








The second aspect of weight loss is the hardware that holds the software. For many IT professionals the hardware is viewed as the keyboards, the motherboard, the mouse, the computer or server. Transversely, the hardware for people is the body. The body is the arms, the legs, the muscles, and the other physical aspects that it needs to function. The CPU and main unit to make all these different aspects to function is the mind when referring to the body. All aspects of these functions come from the mind and the mind is in the brain.

Now that we have established that the will power to work out comes from the mind, now here is where the technology plays a part. If the will is there, then the technology to help fester the will to lose weight and be healthier is there. The utilization of these tools are purely dependent on the CPU which is the mind and its ability to see the person in the mirror not as where they are now, but where they want to be.



Technologies that are capable of showing that improvement and help that goal to be accomplished are such as Fitness trackers that are found in products such as the Apple iWatch or Fitbit. These trackers are designed to keep track of all sedentary and energetic activities. With the ability to see where a person is currently, then adjustments can be made to increase the calories being burned, increase the amount of energy projected by the body, and more importantly increase a person’s productivity.



Other technologies which give the edge are smart phone apps that have a wealth of data and knowledge bases that others have shared that have given them the success they were seeking.  These apps do a variety of functions including track current weight and weight goal. Other apps are capable of using GPS accelerometers to show successes and different times that a person was most active. Apps are available that monitor eating habits and make recommendations to allow the maximum weight loss effects.







Industry leaders such as Bowflex and other manufacturers have created electronic weights that are cost effective and in tune with the user. These weights promote balance and ensure that the maximum effort is endured with each stride and rep taken with the weights. Other equipment include stair climbers, treadmills, cross trainers, and many more. The equipment by many of these major manufacturers are designed with comfort, safety, and efficiency which is what makes them the most technologically advanced available today. Electronic scales can now access body mass, fat, and graphically digitize the effects of what was consumed daily. Companies that have these advanced sales are Withings Smart Body Anlalyzer which also syncs with any smart phone. Other companies such us urbanwearables have wearable technology which stimulate muscle contraction through electro-stimuli and mimics the efforts of a person contracting the muscles themselves.


The benefits of having technology blended with weight loss plans is the ability to see the results of success and failure. The difference between the motivation to keep going and the ability to quit is the results that people are able to see. These technological advancements described in the article aren’t “push button” strategies that will melt the fat away or to “magically” give a person the body that they seek. These technologies are simply created to assist in making the process of weight loss more inspirational by allowing daily results to be seen and keeping records to avoid pit falls that do happen when encompassing the journey of weight loss. When taking on the effort of weight loss, it takes the inner focus and desire to do so, but with the technological advancements of today, achieving the weight loss goal is more tangible when these technologies are utilized in unison.


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Project Ara, Google’s LEGO-Style Phone

Friday, November 7th, 2014

You’ll soon be able to build and customize your smart phone from modules you choose, each module a square of varying size that attaches to the phone which will have varying features and functions.


Project Ara is a plan for a modular smartphone from the Innovators at Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, the California-based search engine’s research and development brain trust. You’ll be able to build your phone from modules you choose, each module a square of varying size that attaches to the phone with electro-permanent magnets. And unlike most smartphones, Ara’s handset will be built to last five or six years—with continuous component updates.

Consumers can choose their operating system, phone case, and applications, so why not let them choose the handset’s hardware design? That’s the question Google tackles with Project Ara, an open hardware platform that relies heavily on miniaturized components and 3D printing.

The Ara group has already partnered with 3D Systems and Phonebloks, and plans to collaborate with more partners, including academic experts at MIT and Carnegie Mellon.

Google’s Project Ara initiative aims to change the future of smartphones, and it just might, when the first modular device launches in January 2015 for $50.


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At its heart, an Ara handset is a simple metal frame known as an ‘endo’ (short for ‘endoskeleton’). These come in three sizes – mini, medium and large – which have grids of 10, 18 and 27 square spaces on the back, arranged in groups of 1, 2 or 4.

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The front of an endo accepts a removable screen, while modules will be available to fill the slots on the back. So owners can fully customise their phone by adding in a 4G modem, for example, or a 5GHz WiFi module, or removing things that they don’t use such as a fingerprint reader.

More experimental phone owners might even look to add pico-projectors or remote controls, while the potential for adding in medical sensors for specialised use hasn’t been overlooked either.

See video of working prototype





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