Is 3D printing an attainable reality or a futuristic ideal? In their recently published Perspective, Sulkin et al argue that small-scale instrumentation manufacturing in plastic from a 3D desktop printer is not only here and now, but also affordable. Listen to our lively and engaging podcast as Consulting Editor Dr. Steven P. Jones interviews senior author Dr. Igor Efimov (Washington University in St. Louis) and leading expert Dr. Hee Cheol Cho (Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute) about ancient printing techniques, the inherent tinkering work methods of physiologists, open source design software programs, and surprisingly low-cost printing technology. Is a 3D desktop printer the future of cardiovascular research labs everywhere? Listen and find out.
Matthew S. Sulkin, Emily Widder, Connie C. Shao, Katherine M. Holzem, Christopher Gloschat, Sarah R. Gutbrod, Igor R. Efimov 3D Printing Physiology Laboratory Technology Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol, published online September 16, 2013, DOI: 10.1152/ajpheart.00599.2013.