Couple creating 3D printed rats for lab dissection


EXCERPT: “We can print an animal and structure the layers so that they feel like real tissue, and make a model a person could dissect without ever having to wear gloves, use sharp tools or kill an animal.”

And the rats rejoiced.

The National Anti-Vivisection Society reports that an estimated 6 to 12 million animals are dissected in the United States each year. [...] But this isn’t a story about how depressing dissection is, it’s a story about how great one Maryland couple is and the wonderful ways in which 3D printing can be put to smart, altruistic use.

[...] estimates each printed rat could cost as little $2 to $3, compared to anywhere from $8 to $12 per rat from a biological supply company...

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